The Orlando Magic (11-41) visit Gainbridge Fieldhouse Wednesday to take on the Indiana Pacers (19-33). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Magic vs. Pacers odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
This will be the Pacers’ 4th game in 6 days. Having disappointed to this point in the season, the Pacers are coming off a 122-116 home win Monday against the Clippers, covering the spread as 6-point underdogs.
The Pacers are 5-4-1 against the spread (ATS) over their past 10 and are 25-24-3 ATS on the season. They’ll be without several key starters, including leading scorer, PF Domantas Sabonis (19.1 points, 12.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists per game).
As for the Magic, they’ll be road underdogs, a position they’ve been many times this season. They are 4-6 ATS over its last 10, coming off an 126-115 road loss at Chicago.
Orlando is 16-13 ATS as a road underdog despite just a 6-23 straight-up road record.
Magic at Pacers odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Magic +135 (bet $100 to win $135) | Pacers -170 (bet $170 to win $100)
Against the spread: Magic +3.5 (-107) | Pacers -3.5 (-115)
Over/Under (O/U): 226.5 (O: -115 | U: -107)
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Magic at Pacers key injuries
PG R.J. Hampton (knee) out
C Goga Bitadze (foot) questionable
SF Oshae Brissett (ankle) questionable
PG Malcolm Brogdon (Achilles) out
PG T.J. McConnell (wrist) out
PF Domantas Sabonis (health and safety protocols) out
C Myles Turner (foot) out
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Magic at Pacers odds, lines, picks and predictions
Pacers 118, Magic 110
The Pacers’ -170 price is too expensive despite their 13-13 home record (compared to 6-20 on the road). Banking on the upset with the Magic’s poor 6-23 road record isn’t wise either.
Against the spread
BET PACERS -3.5 (-115).
Indiana has been far better at home this season, and while many of its key players will be sidelined, standout rookie SG Chris Duarte and experienced scorer SG Caris LeVert are expected to start.
The Pacers have been on fire offensively, scoring over 110 in 4 of their last 5 games. That will bode well taking on one of the worst defenses in the NBA.
Orlando allows 110.7 points per game (PPG). This will be Orlando’s second night of a back-to-back, a scenario it is just 4-6 ATS. The Magic are 5-7 ATS with a rest disadvantage.
The Pacers’ strength at home, 14-11-1 ATS this season, makes this the best play of the game.
LEAN to the OVER 226.5 (-115).
Considering Orlando’s 102.8 PPG ranks 28th in the league, I’m hesitant to fully give it out as a strong play, but the Magic have scored 110 or more in 3 straight and in 4 of their last 5.
Their offense is starting to click. Rookie SF Franz Wagner is averaging 20.6 PPG over his last 5 games, shooting 59.4% from the field.
As for the Pacers, their offense has been dynamic even without Sabonis, and their defense hasn’t been the same without Turner, ranking 22nd in opponents’ PPG (110.8).
The Magic are 27-24-1 O/U this season. The Pacers are 26-25-1 O/U, so both teams are over .500 on the Over.
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