Pelicans vs. Magic Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 27 (Orlando Puts Up a Fight in New Orleans)
Pelicans vs. Magic Game Info
- Date: Monday, February 27, 2023
- Time: 8:00 PM ET
- Venue: Smoothie King Center -- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Coverage: BSNO and BSFL
The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Monday with four more games, including a battle between the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Pelicans. The Magic rank 13th in the Eastern Conference with a 25-36 record, while the Pelicans check in 10th in the Western Conference with a 30-31 record.
Orlando enters as a loser in four of its last seven games following a 121-108 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. Meanwhile, New Orleans has now dropped four of its last five games thanks to a 128-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday. Which team will bounce back with a win tonight?
Pelicans vs. Magic Odds & Spread
- All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: NO: (-174) | ORL: (+138)
- Spread: NO: -4 (-105) | ORL: +4 (-115)
- Total: 227 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
The Pelicans enter this contest as small home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 227 points, which is about average compared to Monday's projected totals.
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Pelicans vs. Magic Betting Trends
- The Pelicans went 42-40-0 ATS last season.
- The Magic's ATS record as underdogs of 4 points or more was 29-35-1 last year.
- The Pelicans and their opponents combined to hit the over 33 out of 82 times last season.
- The Magic had 42 of their 82 games go over the point total last season.
Pelicans vs. Magic Prediction & Pick
Two teams fighting to stay alive in the NBA Playoff race meet head-to-head inside the Smoothie King Center tonight. The Pelicans are struggling to stay afloat with Zion Williamson injured and now face a Magic team that is playing with nothing to lose. That sounds like a recipe for a Monday night upset.
The free throw line is where this one will likely be decided. New Orleans commits 20.7 personal fouls per game (No. 18 in NBA) and has allowed an average of 28.0 free throw attempts over its last three games. Orlando has drained 81.0% of its free throw attempts over its last three games (No. 9 in NBA).
New Orleans has lost seven of its last nine games against Orlando, so fade the Pelicans tonight.
Final Score Prediction: Pelicans: 113 | Magic: 116
Pelicans vs. Magic Best Bet
Bettors hesitant to back the Magic as a +138 moneyline underdog should feel more comfortable backing them to cover a 4-point spread. Orlando is an impressive 8-3 against the spread (ATS) in its last 11 away games overall and 5-0 ATS in its last five away games against New Orleans as well.
The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in its last five games overall and has lost nine of its last 10 games against an Eastern Conference opponent outright. Not only that, but New Orleans has lost six of its last nine home games. The home crowd may not be the difference-maker it usually is in tonight's matchup.
Bet: Orlando Magic +4 (-115)
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