Nets vs. Magic Predictions

Nets vs. Magic NBA Picks: Is Brooklyn Laying Too Many Points?

The surging Brooklyn Nets look to improve their playoff seeding when they visit the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

Here’s a complete breakdown, including betting odds and free NBA picks.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Orlando Magic

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 - 07:00 PM EDT at Amway Center

The Nets opened at -9 at BetOnline and this sportsbook set the total at 230 in their NBA odds board. FiveThirtyEight has the Nets as 5-point road favorites, projecting them to win 68 percent of the time. Should we back the home team catching points or hammer this total? The significant gap between the actual odds and the projections tell us that there’s plenty of value on the Magic.

KD Has Been Unstoppable

With Kevin Durant playing like an MVP, the Nets (35-33 SU, 27-39-2 ATS) have won their last three games, including last Sunday’s 110-107 home victory against the Knicks. Kyrie Irving didn’t play, for reasons we all know by now and Seth Curry sat this one out with a sore left ankle but KD exploded for 53 points, nine assists and six rebounds. The Nets were atrocious from 3-point range, going 6-for-29 (20.7 percent) and the Knicks put up a fight but Durant helped them get a key victory.

The Magic (18-51 SU, 33-36 ATS) are also coming off a hard-fought battle. The 76ers went to Orlando as 11-point favorites but the Magic had them on the ropes and lost a heart-breaker 116-114 at overtime. Wendell Carter Jr. led the Magic with 23 points and 12 rebounds and Cole Anthony added 19 points and eight rebounds but star rookie Franz Wagner had a quiet game with just six points and seven points. 

Prediction

Kevin Durant is playing like a man on a mission and the Nets will have Kyrie Irving (plus-4.3 Box Plus/Minus) and possibly Seth Curry (plus-0.5 Box Plus/Minus). That’s a lot of firepower compared to what Orlando has but the Magic are a young, hungry team that’s getting healthier while developing chemistry and they almost upset the 76ers on Sunday. 

If the Magic want to keep up with the Nets, they need a big game from Franz Wagner. He has to show why many like him to be the rookie of the year or it will be a long night for the Magic. Enjoy the game and find more NBA picks here.

NBA Pick: Nets +9 (-110)at BetOnline

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