Orlando Magic vs. Phoenix Suns - 3/24/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Orlando Magic vs. Phoenix Suns - 3/24/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns (19-54) at Orlando Magic (21-51)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)

The Line: Orlando Magic -6 -- Over/Under: 218 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic meet Saturday in NBA action at the Amway Center.

The Phoenix Suns could use a feel good victory, as they have yet to win a game this month. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 104.2 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 113.9 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 24.9 points and 4.7 assists while Elfrid Payton is averaging 12.9 points and 6.6 assists. TJ Warren is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Jackson is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns haven’t won a road game since February 28.

The Orlando Magic could use a feel good victory here after losing eight of their last nine games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 104.3 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 109.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Aaron Gordon is averaging 18 points and 8.4 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 17.8 points and 2.9 assists. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathon Simmons is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last six home games.

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The Suns are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Magic are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 Saturday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Suns are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Orlando, 6-13 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

I'm not trying to bet on either of these teams that are banged up, watching the losses pile up and are in full tank mode. However, the Phoenix Suns are by far the worst of the bunch, as they've been outscored by 23.4 points in their last five games and continue to rest their best players. The Orlando Magic have been able to at least sneak some victories at home recently. I wouldn't touch this game obviously, but if forced to pick, I'm backing the Magic as a fade from the Suns.

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Randy’s Pick Orlando Magic -6

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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