A five-game home winning streak hangs in the balance for the Brooklyn Nets (26-29) when they go head-to-head with the Orlando Magic (24-32) at Barclays Center. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 212.5 points with Brooklyn set as a 3-point favorite. Action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, February 24, 2020, and it can be seen on YES Network.
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The Magic lost to the Dallas Mavericks in their last game, 122-106. They were not able to cover as 4-point underdogs. Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic had 27 points and 12 rebounds in the game. Dallas did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (21-26; 80.8 percent). Orlando, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 5.9 (better than their season average of 11.0). The two teams combined to score 228 points, which came in over the O/U total of 221.
The last time the Nets played, they comfortably covered the 4.5-point spread against the Charlotte Hornets, 115-86. Brooklyn rallied around Garrett Temple, who contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds. Brooklyn dominated every facet of the game. They had a solid effective field goal percentage of 0.580 (above their season average of 0.513) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.0 (below their season average of 23.2). For those same stats, Charlotte recorded marks of 0.420 and 16.7, respectively. The two clubs combined to put up 201 points, which was under the projected point total of 210.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Brooklyn figures to have a noteworthy advantage. The Nets defense ranks third in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.503), while the Orlando offense is ranked 30th in effective field goal percentage (0.493). The Magic should have an advantage in terms of ball security. They rank 3rd at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 12.0 percent). Conversely, the Nets force the fourth-fewest turnovers in the NBA (opponents’ turnover percentage of 12.0 percent).
Of Orlando’s 56 games, 30 have finished under the projected point total, while 28 of Brooklyn’s 55 games have finished under the projected point total. Both teams have mediocre straight up (SU) records (24-32 for Orlando; 26-29 for Brooklyn), but the Nets have the edge against the spread (ATS). Brooklyn is 27-26-2 ATS, while the Magic are 23-29-4.
These two teams have already met once this season. The two teams combined to score 190 points in that game, which was well under the projected point total of 212.5. The Magic won 101-89, covering as 5-point favorites. The Magic played a nearly flawless game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.284 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.481. The Nets had marks of 0.156 and 0.385, respectively, for those same stats. Vucevic put up a double-double in the victory with 11 points and 24 rebounds.
Magic vs. Nets Betting Prediction
Free NBA Tip: SU Winner – Nets, ATS Winner – Nets, O/U – Under
Brooklyn averages 48.4 rebounds per game, which ranks second in the league. Orlando ranks 21st in rebounds allowed per game (46.0).
Orlando ranks fourth in fast break points allowed per game (11.7) while Brooklyn ranks 16th (13.3).
The Nets rank second in assists allowed per game (22.0) while the Magic rank 13th (24.0).
Brooklyn is 16-12 ATS at home, while Orlando is 13-12-2 ATS on the road.
Brooklyn is 4-0-1 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in its last five games.
Over its past five games, Orlando is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs, 1 under and 1 push.
The Nets have outscored opponents by an average of 6.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Brooklyn has lost by an average of 0.1 points.
During their last five games, the Magic have scored an average of 111.0 points per game (7.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 115.2 points per game (9.5 above their season average).