The New Orleans Pelicans (6-20), who are currently riding an 11-game losing streak, will try to get back in the win column when they welcome the Orlando Magic (11-14) to Smoothie King Center. Action begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 15, 2019, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – New Orleans.
Orlando Magic vs. New Orleans Pelicans Odds Preview
The last time the Magic played, they were blown out by the Houston Rockets, 130-107. They were unable to cover as 6.5-point underdogs. With 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting, Evan Fournier led Orlando in scoring. Houston was lights out from beyond the arc (22-39; 56.4 percent). Orlando, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 5.8 (better than their season average of 12.0). The two teams combined to put up 237 points, which was well over the O/U total of 220.
The Pelicans come into this contest after losing to the Philadelphia 76ers, 116-109. Brandon Ingram was the game’s high scorer with 32 points on 10-for-17 shooting. Philadelphia had a better effective field goal percentage (0.534 vs. 0.483). New Orleans, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (24.0 vs. 21.4). The two teams combined to account for 225 points, which was just over the projected point total of 222.5.
This contest should be a battle of conflicting styles. New Orleans has preferred an up-and-down style of play (fourth in possessions per game), while Orlando has been more methodical (30th in possessions per game).
Of Orlando’s 25 games, 13 have finished under the projected point total, while 13 of New Orleans’ 26 games have finished over the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Magic have a clear advantage. They are 11-14 SU and 10-13-2 ATS, while the Pelicans are 6-20 SU and 8-16-2 ATS.
This is the first time these teams will meet this year. The Magic won both matchups played against each other last season. In the last matchup, Orlando won 119-96. The Magic played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 36.4 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.525. The Pelicans had marks of 23.7 and 0.422, respectively, for those same stats.
Orlando Magic vs. New Orleans Pelicans Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Pelicans, ATS Winner – Pelicans, O/U – Under
The Magic rank seventh in fast break points allowed per game (12.2) while the Pelicans rank 26th (15.2).
Orlando ranks 10th in steals per game (8.1) while New Orleans ranks 17th in steals allowed per game (7.9).
Orlando ranks second in blocks per game (6.7) while New Orleans ranks 20th (4.7).
Orlando is 6-5 ATS on the road, while New Orleans is 5-8 ATS at home.
The total has gone under in 6 of the Magic’s 11 road games, while 8 of the Pelicans’ 13 home games have gone under.
When allowing below 100 points, Orlando is 6-3.
In games where they reach the century mark, the Magic are 8-5 and the Pelicans are 6-17.
The Pelicans rank fourth in three pointers attempted per game (38.6) while the Magic rank 22nd (30.6).
Orlando ranks fifth in points off turnovers allowed per game (15.1) while New Orleans ranks 27th (19.3).
The Magic rank seventh in second chance points allowed per game (12.4) while the Pelicans rank 28th (14.9).
The Magic rank 17th in rebounds per game (45.0) while the Pelicans rank 24th in rebounds allowed per game (46.7).
Orlando ranks eighth in points allowed in the paint per game (44.8) while New Orleans ranks 28th (52.1).
New Orleans is 0-4-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Across its last five games, Orlando is 3-2 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Pelicans’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 15.4, up from 7.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Magic have scored an average of 103.2 points per game (0.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 107.4 points per game (3.6 above their season average).