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The New Orleans Pelicans are set to host the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.
Magic struggling to break through offensively
It has been a topsy-turvy type of season for the Magic that has pushed them out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference just ahead of the All-Star break. It has been a struggle for them to put together consistent play on the court that would amount to them being firmly in the mix toward possibly securing a playoff spot for the first time in six years. However, it has seen them have some huge issues on both ends of the floor that has been headed by their lack of efficiency offensively as they are one of the least productive teams in the league in that regard up this point in the year. The Magic currently rank tied for 25th with 105.2 points per contest while being 23rd shooting 44.9 percent from the floor and 18th shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc. This utter lack of production has prevented them from making any significant strides in the right direction this season.
— NBA (@NBA) February 11, 2019
This has put a bit of a damper on big Nikola Vucevic‘s career-best campaign that has helped him earn his first career All-Star selection. Vucevic is averaging a career-best 20.5 points and 12.0 rebounds on 52.0 percent shooting from the floor and 38.0 percent from beyond the arc. He has continued to trend in the right direction over the last five games as he’s averaging 19.2 points and 12.0 rebounds on 51.8 percent shooting from the floor and 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. This includes notching four double-doubles over that span. His production has been consistent as the season has rolled along, but it has been the supporting cast around him that has struggled to provide a scoring punch that could lift them in the right direction. If they hope to have a chance to secure a road win over the Pelicans, it will need the roster around Vucevic to step it up on Tuesday night.
Pelicans shifting things forward with Anthony Davis
It has been an interesting last couple of weeks to say the least for the Pelicans that have been filled with much of the attention being shifted toward big man Anthony Davis‘ future with the franchise. New Orleans dealt with constant trade rumors prior to the trade deadline to which the team had decided to hold on to him through the rest of the season. That said, the team has been able to shift things forward following that point with Davis in the fold at through this campaign with him leading the charge on the court. In his first game back from a finger injury, Davis tallied a near double-double with 32 points and nine rebounds while playing in only three quarters in the win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. It marked the first time in his career that has been able to record at least 30 points in less than 25 minutes played in his career. The Pelicans dropped a tough 99-90 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on the road, but Davis had 14 points and 16 rebounds in the contest.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 10, 2019
Meanwhile, point guard Jrue Holiday has continued to provide consistent production in the backcourt as he’s averaging a career-best 20.8 points and 8.0 assists per contest. Holiday had plenty of offensive success in the two games last year against the Magic as he averaged 17.5 points on 62.5 shooting from the floor including .429 from deep, 5.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.0 steals. He is currently one of three players in the NBA averaging at least 20.5 points and 8.0 assists per game alongside reigning league MVP James Harden and Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook. Holiday has been a consistent offensive factor for New Orleans alongside Davis as the two have headlined one of the league’s highest-scoring offenses that is fourth in the league with 115.8 points per contest. Given the Magic’s continued offensive issues, this should see the Pelicans’ scoring prowess led by their dynamic duo of Davis and Holiday pace them to a strong night on their home floor.
- Pelicans are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight up loss.
- Pelicans are 5-0 ATS in their last five Tuesday games.
- Pelicans are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss.
- Magic are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Magic are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against Western Conference opponents.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Pelicans are set to get back on track on their home floor with a favorable matchup against a struggling Magic team. This is a matchup that should Davis and their high-powered offense push past Orlando’s shortcomings on that end of the floor. Keep in mind, the Magic are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in New Orleans. All of this simply has things pointing firmly in the Pelicans’ direction.
Prediction: New Orleans -4.5
Full-Game Total Pick
The Magic may have issues scoring this season, but that hasn’t been the case for the Pelicans. With Davis back in the fold, it will see them get back on track on that end as well after a 90-point outing against the Grizzlies that had followed a pair of 120-point performances prior to that. What should be noted is that the over is 5-2 in Magic’s last seven road games.
Prediction: Over 225