Orlando Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Odds and Predictions
The battle of two underdogs is set to resume when Orlando Magic face New Orleans Pelicans in an inter-conference regular season clash this week. The match is scheduled to be played in the Amway Center on 22nd April at 7 pm EST.
The hosts are desperate to get out of the losing streak while the Pelicans are on the same boat with the side suffering too many losses in the recent past. Even though this rivalry looks like producing a thriller according to matchups, the prediction platforms suggest a slight edge to Pelicans despite no home advantage.
FiveThirtyEight predicts a win for New Orleans Pelicans, however, the latest Orlando Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Odds and Predictions are yet to be updated.
The latest Orlando Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Odds and Predictions will be updated in below table on game day.
Orlando Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Odds and Predictions: Recent form
The Orlando Magic is staring at a disappointing season with little success for the side so far. Even though it looked like they put up a strong side this time around, they have lacked the discipline and the intent to challenge big teams.
They are currently at the bottom of the table in 14th place with an abysmal win-loss ratio of just 0.310. In the last 10 outings, they have experienced just the one triumph against Bulls as opposed to 9 defeats against the likes of Hawks, Rockets, Spurs, Raptors, Bucks and Pacers. With an uphill task in hand, the side would be looking to make some amends in the games to come.
As far as New Orleans Pelicans is concerned, they would be more than happy if they manage to bag a couple of wins in the remaining fixtures. Despite getting to a promising start, the side lost their way in the middle of the tournament that pushed them to the bottom half in the table.
With a 25-33 win-loss record, the underdog side has settled for the 11th spot with an unlikely gap that needs to be closed, to make it to playoffs. They are currently on a 4-match losing streak in addition to their dismal away record clearly working against them, ahead of this clash.
Orlando Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Odds and Predictions: Head-to-head
Regular season (40 games): Pelicans – 18 wins, Magic – 22 wins.
Playoffs played: 0.
Previous meeting: Magic won 115-110 on 1st April 2021 in a regular season fixture.
Orlando Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Odds and Predictions: Players to watch
Wendell Carter Jr. who has played at the center position has tons of experience in NBA with an average of 14.3 points and 5.8 dribbles in this season so far.
Dwayne Bacon who is the shooting guard scored 10 points against Hawks while another guard Cole Anthony has an average of 11.4 points per game in addition to 4.5 rebounds.
Chuma Okeke brings the power and versatility to the center with a free throw percentage of 74.3% and a field goal percentage of 42.1% in this edition.
Gary Harris has been a versatile player who has gathered points from several positions for the side. He averages 11 points along with 0.6 steals every game.
Zion Williamson who is the power forward in the side has averaged 26.8 points per game and has 7.2 rebounds in 52 games. He scored 33 points against Trail Blazers in his last outing.
Eric Bledsoe who is the shooting guard has a good rating with a 3-pointer conversion of 34.5% so far.
Brandon Ingram who plays as the small forward and power forward has a field goal percentage of 46.6 and a free throw percentage of 88.6 in 52 games this season. He has also averaged 5 rebounds per game during the same time.
Steven Adams who has played at the center position has tons of experience in NBA with an average of 7.8 points and 5.2 dribbles in this edition.
Orlando Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Odds and Predictions: Predicted Winner
The predictions for this game would be interesting to look at given that both the teams have been heavily under par in their respective conferences. The outright predictions have been clear indicators of this with platforms like Oddschecker and SMarkets giving them infinitesimal small probability to make it to the postseason.
On the other hand, the predictions for this particular encounter suggests a clear advantage to Pelicans with a 64% win-probability while the Magic have their backs against the wall in this contest.