Pacers vs. Magic Prediction
The Indiana Pacers will try to maintain a winning record on the road when they take on the Orlando Magic tonight at 7PM ET.
503 Indiana Pacers at 504 Orlando Magic
Friday, December 7, 2018
7PM ET – Amway Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Orlando is the slight favorite at home in this game, as the Magic are getting odds of -1.5 points against the Pacers. The over/under total is listed at 207 points. The public betting currently has 55 percent going on the Magic at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Pacers looking for win streak
The Pacers are coming off a 96-90 win at home over the Bulls on Tuesday night to snap a two-game losing streak. Indiana is now 14-10 overall, 7-6 on the road, 11-13 against the spread and 13-11 with the under. The Pacers have failed to cover in three straight.
Indiana has the league’s top defense in terms of points allowing, giving up just 102.1 per game. That’s surprising considering they allow opponents to shoot 38 percent from the arc. On offense, Indiana puts up just 105.8 points per game despite shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 37.6 percent from the arc. The team is without their star in Victor Oladipo, who is dealing with a knee injury. He averages 21.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Bojan Bogdanovic is the currently active leader with 15.9 points per game while Domantas Sabonis is adding 14.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
Magic end win streak
The Magic had their brief 2-game win streak come to an end on Wednesday in a 124-118 OT loss at home to the Nuggets. Orlando is now 12-13 overall, 6-7 at home, 15-10 against the spread and 15-10 with the under. The Magic have covered the spread in five of their last six games.
Orlando is stronger on defense than offense this year. The Magic are giving up just 108 points per game defensively, but averaging just 106.3 per contest on offense. Nikola Vucevic has been leading the team this season with 21 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. Aaron Gordon is adding 16.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Pacers are 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 games following a failed cover and 5-1 ATS in their last six games when playing on two days rest.
The Magic have covered the spread in seven straight games when playing on 1 day of rest and in five of their last six home games.
The Pacers have owned the Magic over the years, winning seven straight meetings. However, Orlando did manage a cover in the last meeting. The loss of Oladipo is going to be an issue at some point. The Pacers managed to overcome it in a 6-point win over the Bulls, but Orlando is a better team than that. The Magic have been playing well and covering lately. I think the Magic manage to win a battle of defenses tonight.
NBA Prediction: Orlando Magic -1.5