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Orlando Magic vs. Golden State Warriors
NBA: Saturday, January 18, Chase Center, San Francisco, California, 8:30 PM ET
The Orlando Magic edged the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers on their road trip to California but failed to make it three in a row as the Los Angeles Clippers proved to be too strong. After that big defeat to the Clips, the Magic dropped to a 20-22 record and are in the 7th place in the Eastern Conference.
The Golden State Warriors are the coldest team in the NBA at the moment as they suffered ten consecutive losses, including the latest one in overtime to the Denver Nuggets. The Warriors dropped to a 9-34 record and are at the bottom of the Western Conference.
These inter-conference rivals met once this season, and the Magic secured a narrow 100-96 victory at home. The Warriors were on an 11-game winning streak over Orlando, but the Magic won the last two encounters.
The Magic didn’t have enough strength to stop the ClippersOrlando played the second of back-to-back games in Los Angeles, but after securing a tight win over the Lakers, they suffered a massive 122-95 loss to the Clippers. The Magic shot below 40.0% from the floor and let the hosts hit 49.5% from the field. The visitors scored only 19 points in the final 12 minutes and allowed 31 in return, while the Clippers outjumped the Magic in this game (59-42). Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 22 points and team-high nine rebounds. Aaron Gordon added 20 points and team-high five assists, Terrence Ross had 16 points and five boards, while Evan Fournier scored 15 points. Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) is out for the season, Jonathan Isaac (shoulder) is out indefinitely, while D.J. Augustin (knee) will miss the next three or four weeks of action. Michael Carter-Williams (left shoulder) is doubtful to face the Warriors on Saturday.
This season, the Magic have the 29th offense in the NBA that averages 103.9 points per game, and they are facing the Warriors’ 21st defense that allows 113.7 points per contest. The Magic are the 18th in rebounds with 45.1 and 24th in assists with 22.5 per game.
The Warriors fell short to the Nuggets in overtimeGolden State was close to snap a nine-game losing streak but managed to drop a 19-point lead and allow the Denver Nuggets to force overtime. The Warriors let the visitors score even 40 points in the final 12 minutes and then didn’t have enough fuel left in their tank to survive OT. The Nuggets controlled the extra five minutes and secured a 134-131 victory. Alec Burks led Golden State with 25 points. Damion Lee had 21 points and six assists, D’Angelo Russell posted 19 points, game-high nine dimes, and game-high three steals, while Glenn Robinson and Eric Paschall combined for 33 points. Stephen Curry (hand), Klay Thompson (knee), and Kevon Looney (abdomen) are out indefinitely. Jacob Evans has been diagnosed with a concussion and a broken nose, the injuries he sustained in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks, and will miss the game against the Magic.
This season, the Warriors have the 26th offense in the NBA that averages 105.1 points per game, and they are facing the Magic’s top defense that allows 104.3 points per contest. The Warriors are the 21st in rebounds with 43.9 and 13th in assists with 24.6 per game.
The top supporting trends for this game are found on Covers.com Orlando:
- 6-0 ATS in their last six games playing on one day of rest
- 4-0 ATS in their last four games as a favorite
- 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall
- 9-3-2 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games
- 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 games following an ATS win
- 6-13 ATS in their last 19 Saturday games
- 0-4 ATS in their last four games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Orlando was tired in the second of a back-to-back, and it wasn’t strange why the Magic suffered such a significant loss to the Clippers. They will be much fresher in this game against the Warriors, and they have more quality on their roster, so I am backing the Magic to get a win here. Golden State is struggling and is the worst team in the entire NBA, while five consecutive home losses will not help the Warriors to pick them over Orlando in this one. Nikola Vucevic will dominate in the paint in a favorable matchup against the weak Golden State’s frontcourt, and I am backing him to lead the Magic to the win.
Prediction: Orlando Magic -4 (-110)
Full-Game Total Pick
The Magic have the best defense in the NBA, which faces one of the worst offenses in the league. I am backing the visitors to keep the Warriors at bay, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Orlando manages to keep limit the hosts to under 100 points. Orlando did that in the last two H2H encounters, but the Magic weren’t very efficient on the other end, scoring 103 and 100 points. Although Golden State scored even 131 points against one of the best defenses in the NBA (Denver Nuggets), I don’t think that’s going to happen on Saturday. I am backing Under.
Prediction: Under 211.5 (-110)