The Magic are in town to take on the Timberwolves in a non-conference matchup. Minnesota is favored by 7.5 and has won two straight games.
This game will tip off at 8:00 ET and can be seen on BSN. The over/under line is currently set at 212 points.
ORLANDO MAGIC VS MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Orlando Magic +7.5
This game will be played at Target Center at 8:00 ET on Friday, February 2nd.
WHY BET THE ORLANDO MAGIC:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 117-112 in favor of the Timberwolves.
- Our projections have Anthony Edwards finishing with Anthony Edwards points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
- From the field, we have the Timberwolves finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.9% and knocking down 13 threes.
Can the Magic Lock in a Road Win?
As the underdog, the Magic have gone 14-20 this season and are 21-13 ATS as the underdog. Today’s O/U line of 212 is lower than all of their previous games this season, and they have a record of 22-26 on the O/U.
Orlando’s last game finished with a combined score of 206 points, which was well below the O/U line of 226. The Magic won the game by a score of 108-98, covering the spread as 6-point favorites.
On the road, the Magic have an average scoring differential of -3.5 points per game. They are 10-16 straight up on the road and 16-10 ATS. In the Eastern Conference, they are currently in 8th place and have a record of 25-23.
This season, the Magic have been the underdog in 34 of their 48 games. Their ATS record as the underdog is 21-13, and they have covered the spread in three straight games overall.
In their games this season, the Magic have averaged a combined 222.6 points per game, which is higher than today’s O/U line of 212. Their O/U record for the season is 22-26.
When it comes to scoring, the Magic have struggled this season, averaging just 111.6 points per game (25th). On the road, they are scoring 109.7 points per game compared to 114.0 at home. Overall, they have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 35.4% of their games.
Orlando’s offense has been strong at getting to the free-throw line, ranking 3rd in attempts. They are also 8th in offensive rebounds, but just 27th in assists.
So far this season, the Magic have been one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league. They are last in three-point shooting percentage (34%) and have made the fewest threes per game (10.8).
Not only do the Magic’s overall defensive numbers look good, as they are 5th in the league in points allowed. Orlando has also been playing well on defense of late, ranking 22nd in the league over their last three games at 109 PPG allowed. Inside the arc, the Magic defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.1% and 35.7% from three-point territory.
Can Minnesota Grab a Win at Home?
Minnesota is the favorite today against the Magic, and they have a 29-9 record as the favorite this season. As the favorite, they have an ATS record of 18-19, going 24-23 overall.
The Timberwolves have won two straight games and are currently in 1st place in the Western Conference with a record of 34-14. In the West, they are 23-8 and 6-2 against other teams in the Northwest Division.
In their last game, Minnesota defeated the Mavericks by a score of 121-87. The O/U line for that game was 221.5, and the Timberwolves covered the spread (-12.5).
Minnesota’s O/U record for the season is 23-25, and their games have averaged 220.1 points per game. Today’s O/U line of 212 is lower than all of their previous games.
At home, the Timberwolves are averaging 113.0 points per game, which is 24th in the NBA. Overall, they are 22nd in scoring at 113.1 points per game. When it comes to pace, Minnesota is 25th in the league at 97.3 possessions per game.
Minnesota has been an efficient shooting team this season, ranking 7th in field goal percentage at 49%. They are also 6th in true shooting percentage. From beyond the arc, the Timberwolves are 1st in three-point shooting percentage at 39%. In terms of three-point attempts, they are 26th in the league.
So far this season, Minnesota has outscored the NBA scoring average in 43.8% of their games. In terms of assists, the Timberwolves are 16th in the league. When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, they are 10th in attempts but just 28th in offensive rebounds.
So far this season, the Timberwolves defense has been performing well, ranking 1st in the NBA at 107.0 points allowed per contest. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Timberwolves defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 50.8% while allowing 35.3% from downtown.