Los Angeles Clippers vs. Orlando Magic - 1/16/20 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction
Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers
Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 10:30 PM (Staples Center)
The Orlando Magic travels to the Staples Center to take on one of the best teams in the NBA, the LA Clippers. The Clippers are fresh off a dominating victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning 128-103 to improve their record to an impressive 28-13 on the season. The Magic won a back and forth game over the Sacramento Kings 114-112 to improve their record to 19-21 on the season.
The Magic boasts one of the worst offenses in the NBA averaging just 103.8 points per game to rank 30th in the NBA while shooting 43.2% from the field as a team which ranks 28th in the NBA. Leading the Magic in scoring is Evan Fournier who averages 19.2 points per game while shooting 47.1% from the field. The key to the offense, however, is Nikola Vucevic who averages 18.8 points per game and adding 11.4 rebounds to rank 8th in the NBA this season.
The Clippers boast one of the best offenses in the NBA this season averaging 115.6 points per game which ranks them 4th in the NBA. The Clippers shoot 46.4% from the field as a team. The Clippers are led by Kwahi Leonard who averages 26.3 points per game, 7.4 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Leonard leads the team in points and rebounds. Another key component for the Clippers is Paul George who averages 23.5 points per game and adds 6 rebounds but is listed as questionable for this matchup.
Orlando does boast one of the best defenses in the country with opponents averaging 103.5 points per game which ranks them 1st in the NBA in scoring defense. The Clippers boast an average defensive unit, allowing 109.5 points per game to rank 15th in the NBA.
The Clippers are one of the best teams against the spread this season with a 22-19 ATS record while the Magic have a 19-19-2 record ATS. The Magic defense is the best in the NBA and will do enough to keep it close in this big matchup against the Clippers. Final score prediction, the Magic loses the game but covers the spread with a 113-108 final score.