Orlando Magic vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 12/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Orlando Magic vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 12/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (15-16) at Orlando Magic (11-21)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)

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The New Orleans Pelicans pay a visit to the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center on Friday night.

The New Orleans Pelicans have lost eight of their last 12 games and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after falling to the Wizards in a 116-106 road loss on Tuesday. Anthony Davis led the team with 37 points on 11 of 21 shooting, DeMarcus Cousins added 26 points with 13 rebounds and four assists while Jrue Holiday chipped in with 13 points and five assists. As a team, the Pelicans shot 42 percent from the field and just five of 20 from the three-point line but they were always fighting an uphill battle after falling behind by 36-19 after the first quarter. The Pelicans would fight back in the second quarter but the third quarter belonged to the Wizards who outscored them by 32-15 to lead by as many as 25 points. With the loss, New Orleans dropped to 15-16 overall and 7-9 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic will do anything they can to snap a six-game skid after getting blown out by the Bulls in a 112-94 road loss on Wednesday. Nikola Vucevic led the team with 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while Elfrid Payton and DJ Augustin chipped in with 14 points each. As a team, the Magic shot 39 percent from the field and just five of 27 from the three-point line as they got blown out in the third quarter by 31-18 to fall behind by as many as 30 points before a late rally in the fourth quarter kept the final score somewhat respectable. With the loss, Orlando dropped to 11-21 on the season and 5-13 on the road where they have lost four straight.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Pelicans are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record, 5-0 ATS in their last five road games against a team with a losing home record and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss. Meanwhile, the Magic are 16-36-1 ATS in their last 53 home games, 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall.

Head to head, the under is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings, the underdog is 20-6-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings and the Pelicans are 9-4-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Orlando.

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