The Indiana Pacers will travel to take on the Orlando Magic in a Wednesday night NBA matchup the Amway Center in Florida. With that said, it’s a good time to check out our NBA odds series, which includes a Pacers-Magic prediction and pick, laid out below.
Indiana has fallen on tough times lately, enduring a seven-game losing streak on their way to a 23-25 record. Head coach Rick Carlisle’s club now sits in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. The current losing streak followed what had been an impressive 6-1 stretch.
Orlando has struggled, as expected in the rebuild, playing to an 18-29 record, 13th place in the Eastern Conference. January has been a tough month, with the team failing to mount a winning streak. Since the new year, Orlando has gone 5-5.
Here are the Pacers-Magic NBA odds, courtesy of FanDuel
NBA Odds: Pacers-Magic Odds
Indiana Pacers: +6 (-110)
Orlando Magic: -6 (-110)
Over: 234 (-110)
Under: 234 (-110)
How To Watch Pacers vs. Magic
TV: Bally Sports Indiana, Bally Sports Florida
Stream: NBA, NBA League Pass
Time: 7:10 PM ET/ 4:10 PM PT
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Why The Pacers Could Cover The Spread
Tyrese Haliburton, in his first full season with Indiana, has turned in a career year, leading the team with 20.2 points, 10.2 assists, and 1.8 steals per game, the lone Pacer to average a double-double. Haliburton has shot 48.0 percent from the field, but has been out for almost two weeks now, leaving the team lacking on offense. Buddy Hield ranks second with 17.5 points per game, shooting 42.2 percent from behind the arc. Rookie Bennedict Mathurin is third with 17.3 points per game, with the majority of his appearances coming off the bench. Jalen Smith, the third-year pro, ranks second with 5.9 rebounds and is averaging 9.8 points per game. Myles Turner leads the team with 7.8 rebounds, averaging 17.0 points per game.
As a team, Indiana has averaged just 42.4 rebounds per game, which ranks 25th in the league. Indiana has averaged 7.9 steals per game, which is ninth in the league. Orlando turns the ball over often, creating an advantageous matchup.
Indiana has averaged 115.0 points per game, which is 12th in the league. Defense has been an issue, ranking 24th in the league with 116.8 points allowed per game.
Why The Magic Could Cover The Spread
Orlando has dealt with their fair share of injuries in the last month or so, losing three more players for a significant time. Now, the team is getting healthy, possibly a sign of a turnaround. First-overall pick Paolo Banchero has been healthy, leading the team with 20.7 points per game, shooting 43.9 percent from the field. Banchero has also pulled in 6.5 rebounds per game, which is third on the team. The team’s leading rebounder, Wendell Carter, Jr., is back after missing time with a foot injury last month. Carter, Jr. has pulled down 8.7 rebounds while putting up 15.3 points per game.
Orlando is middle of the pack, averaging 42.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 18th in the league. Franz Wagner, the team’s second-leading scorer, has averaged 20.4 points per game. An impressive eight Magic players have averaged double-digit points this season. Gary Harris has shot 42.6 percent from behind the arc, while Indiana ranks second to last in opponent three-point shooting.
Orlando has had a rough go on offense, ranking 27th in the league by averaging 110.0 points per game. Defense has been better, ranking 17th by allowing 114.3 points per game. Orlando has been great at limiting rebounds, allowing the ninth-fewest rebounds to their opponents.
Final Pacers-Magic Prediction & Pick
Orlando is getting healthy at the right time, and Indiana’s struggles will continue.
Final Pacers-Magic Prediction & Pick: Orlando -6 (-110), over 234 (-110)