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Orlando Magic vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 3/20/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New Orleans Pelicans at Orlando Magic
Date & Time Wednesday March 20, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Armway Center
Orlando, Florida
The Line
The Line: Orlando Magic -6.5 -- Over/Under: 225.5
TV Channel
FSNO, FSFL
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The New Orleans Pelicans and Orlando Magic meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Armway Center.

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The New Orleans Pelicans could use a win after losing six of their last seven games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 116 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 116.1 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.2 points and 12 rebounds while Julius Randle is averaging 21.3 points and 8.8 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.3 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have won four of their last six road games.

The Orlando Magic also need a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 105.7 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 106.2 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 20.7 points and 12.1 rebounds while Aaron Gordon is averaging 16.1 points and 7.4 rebounds. Evan Fournier is the third double-digit scorer and Terrence Ross is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have won their last four home games.

The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Magic are 9-23 ATS in their last 32 games playing on 2 days rest, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pelicans are 10-4-1 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Orlando and the underdog is 21-7-1 ATS in the last 29 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Magic last 4 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Pelicans last 6 overall.

The New Orleans Pelicans have played some of their better recent basketball on the road, but they come into this game getting torched defensively and losing their last five games by an average of 7.8 points. The Orlando Magic are allowing just 98.6 points in their last five games and need to take advantage of games like this if they're going to give themselves a shot at sneaking into the playoffs. The Magic can be very inconsistent and haven't been great when it comes to laying big numbers, but they have something to play for at least, and the Pelicans are playing with zero effort lately defensively. I'll lay the chalk if forced to pick, but there's better options on the board. 

Pick:
Orlando Magic -6.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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