The New Orleans Pelicans (25-32) will be at home in the Smoothie King Center when they challenge the Orlando Magic (25-32). New Orleans opened as a 4.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 225 points. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – New Orleans.
Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans ATS Preview
In the Magic’s last game, they were victorious over the Atlanta Hawks, 124-108, comfortably covering as 1-point favorites. Nikola Vucevic was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Orlando played a flawless game. They had a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 28.2 (above their season average of 20.6) and a turnover percentage of 7.2 (better than their season average of 11.9). Atlanta had marks of 11.6 and 10.8, respectively, for those same stats. The two teams combined to put up 232 points, which finished over the O/U total of 224.5.
The Pelicans were unable to cover as 1-point favorites in their 99-90 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in their last outing. With 14 points, 16 rebounds and six assists, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis had a good outing. Memphis had a turnover percentage of 9.4 (better than their season average of 12.7). New Orleans, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.7 (above their season average of 24.4). Combined, the two squads scored 189 points, which came in well under the O/U total of 214.5.
It will be a matchup of conflicting paces as the up-tempo Pelicans (ranked seventh in the NBA in possessions per game) will look to push the more methodical Magic (27th in possessions per game).
Of Orlando’s 57 games, 31 have finished under the projected point total, while 29 of New Orleans’ 57 games have finished over the projected point total. Both teams have middling straight up (SU) records (25-32 for Orlando; 25-32 for New Orleans), but the Magic hold a slight advantage against the spread (ATS). Orlando is 29-25-3 ATS, while the Pelicans are 27-29-1.
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Magic, it’s been Jonathan Isaac, who has averaged 13 points,8.2 rebounds,2.4 blocks,1.2 steals, while the Pelicans have gotten solid contributions from Kenrich Williams (14 points,7.4 rebounds,1.2 blocks).
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Pelicans won the last matchup 111-97. The Pelicans’ 26.8 offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over the Magic, who had a mark of 21.3.
Magic vs. Pelicans Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Pelicans, ATS Winner – Magic, O/U – Under
Orlando ranks third in steals allowed per game (6.9) while New Orleans ranks 22nd (8.2).
New Orleans ranks 12th in fast break points per game (14.6) while Orlando ranks 27th (9.7).
The Magic rank fifth in blocks allowed per game (4.5) while the Pelicans rank 13th (5.0).
New Orleans is 13-13 ATS at home, while Orlando is 16-11-2 ATS on the road.
New Orleans is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in its last five games.
Over its past five outings, Orlando is 4-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Pelicans have been outscored by an average of 1.2 points in their last five games. On the season, New Orleans has defeated opponents by an average of 1.2 points.
During their last five games, the Magic have scored an average of 114.6 points per game (9.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 104.8 points per game (2.7 below their season average).