Orlando Magic (14-33) at Indiana Pacers (26-22)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 217.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Orlando Magic and the Indiana Pacers duke it out at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
The Orlando Magic have won just three of their last 21 games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling to the Kings in a 105-99 home loss on Tuesday. Evan Fournier led the team with 22 points, Elfrid Payton added 21 points with seven assists while Aaron Gordon finished with a double-double of 16 points with 12 rebounds. As a team, the Magic shot just 43 percent from the field and 11 of 31 form the three-point line as they fought hard to lead by as many as 11 points late in the third quarter, only to fall flat on their faces in the fourth quarter where they were held to just 17 points. With the loss, Orlando dropped to 14-33 overall and 8-13 at home where they’ve lost four of their last five.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have won seven of their past 11 games but they will be aiming to bounce back after last night’s 115-108 road loss at Cleveland. Victor Oladipo led the team with 25 points and seven assists, Darren Collison added 19 points with seven assists and six steals while Domantas Sabonis chipped in with 17 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, the Pacers shot 47 percent from the field and 13 of 31 from the three-point line but they never really threatened after falling behind by 13 points going into halftime. The Pacers had no answer for LeBron James who racked up a triple-double of 26 points with 10 rebounds and 11 assists. With the loss, Indiana dropped to 26-23 overall and 11-13 on the road where they have lost three of their last four.
Looking at the betting trends, the Magic are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games, 6-0 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Meanwhile, the Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the under is 23-9 in the last 32 meetings in Indiana, the Magic are 7-19 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall and 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings in Indiana.
Myles Turner missed his ninth straight game with that elbow injury so his status for this game is still up in the air. Still, even if Turner doesn’t suit up, I like the Pacers to get the win and cover in this one as the Magic have been one of the worst teams in the league and have failed to cover in seven of their last games at Indiana.