At 8:00 ET, the Orlando Magic will travel to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans. The Magic (+164) are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference, while the Pelicans (-199) are 6th in the West.

New Orleans is favored by 4.5 points and the over/under line is set at 209.5. The game will be played at the Smoothie King Center and can be seen on BSNO.

ORLANDO MAGIC VS NEW ORLEANS PELICANS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans -4.5

This game will be played at Smoothie King Center at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, April 3rd.

WHY BET THE NEW ORLEANS PELICANS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-108 in favor of the Pelicans.
  • Our projections have Zion Williamson finishing with Zion Williamson points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Pelicans finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.8% and knocking down 12 threes.

Will the Orlando Defense Show Up on the Road?

Orlando is 33-42 on the over/under this season, and the under has hit in their last five games. Today’s O/U line of 209.5 is lower than their season average of 218.6.

The Magic’s ATS record for the season is 48-27, and they are 22-14 ATS on the road. As the underdog, their ATS record is 24-18, and they have covered the spread in two straight games.

In their most recent game, the Magic defeated the Trail Blazers by a score of 104-103. The O/U line for that game was 210.5, and Orlando was favored by 17.5 points.

With a record of 44-31, the Magic are currently the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 30-17 and 14-14 in non-conference games.

On the road, the Magic are 17-19 this season, and they are 4.5-point underdogs today. As the underdog, their record is 17-25. The Magic have won two straight games and are 27-12 at home and 17th in the NBA.

On the season, the Magic are averaging 110.4 points per game, which ranks 26th in the league. In terms of pace, Orlando is 26th in the NBA at 96.7 possessions per game.

When it comes to two-point shooting, the Magic are 13th in the league at 54%. However, they are just 21st in three-point shooting at 35%.

Overall, Orlando is 14th in field goal percentage at 47%. They have also been getting to the free-throw line at a high rate, leading the NBA in free throw attempts per game.

This season, the Magic’s defense is the 3rd ranked defense in the NBA at 3rd PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 69.3% of their games. Orlando’s defense is currently forcing 13.9 turnovers per game, which is 24th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 12th in blocked shots, with an average of 5.3 rejections per game.

Can the Pelicans Deliver Being Favored at Home?

In their games this season, the Pelicans have had an average over/under line of 227.9, which is higher than today’s line of 209.5. Overall, their games have averaged 225.7 points per game, and they have a 32-43 O/U record.

New Orleans’ ATS record for the season is 40-34, and they have gone 20-17 against the spread at home. Currently, they have lost their last two ATS and have a 23-22 ATS record as the favorite.

The Pelicans are 6th in the Western Conference with a record of 45-30. In their last game, they were favored by 1.5 points but lost to the Suns by a score of 124-111.

For the season, the Pelicans are 20-16 straight-up at home and have an average scoring differential of +4.5 points per game. In the Western Conference, they are 2nd in the Southwest Division.

In non-conference games, the Pelicans are 19-10 compared to 26-20 against Western Conference opponents. As the favorite this season, they have a record of 30-16 and are favored by 4.5 points today.

At home, the Pelicans are averaging 115.4 points per game this season, which is 15th in the NBA. Overall, they are 13th in scoring at 115.2 points per game. In terms of pace, New Orleans is 18th in the league with an average of 97.3 possessions per game.

When it comes to field goal percentage, the Pelicans are 8th in the NBA at 48%. They are also 10th in true shooting percentage. In terms of two-point shooting, New Orleans is 12th in the league at 55%.

From beyond the arc, the Pelicans are 8th in three-point shooting percentage at 37%. However, they are just 25th in three-point attempts per game. Overall, they are 20th in three-point makes at 12.2 per contest.

New Orleans’ defense has been playing well, ranking 8th in the NBA with 110.5 points allowed per game. Inside the arc, the Pelicans defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.1% and 34.7% from three-point territory.