New Orleans Pelicans (30-41) at Orlando Magic (32-40)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Visa Athletic Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -4.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New Orleans Pelicans and Orlando Magic meet Thursday in NBA action at the Visa Athletic Center.
The New Orleans Pelicans could use a feel good victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allowing 117 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 23.8 points and 4.2 assists while Zion Williamson is averaging 22.5 points and 6.3 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and JJ Redick is dishing two assists. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.8 rebounds per game.
The Orlando Magic could also use a win here to snap a rough five-game losing streak. The Orlando Magic are averaging 107.1 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 19.7 points and 11 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 18.5 points and 2.6 rebounds. Terrence Ross is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Gordon is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game.
Will update with trends once they're released.
The New Orleans Pelicans gave up on their playoff hopes a while ago and will enter this contest without playing Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram or Zion Williamson. Given the Pelicans were losing games without those guys on the court, it's hard to make a strong case for them here, especially with this being their last game and everybody having their bags packed. The Orlando Magic aren't playing any better and they're going to play this contest without a lot of their key players as well.
The difference here is that the Magic are still a playoff team and still have some guys who should want to stop the bleeding. The Magic can't enter the playoffs on a six-game losing streak and feel good about themselves. There's better options on the board, but if forced to pick, I'd lay the chalk with the Magic.