Betting on today’s Magic and Kings game? Catch the action at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA, as the Kings hosts this showdown at 10:00 ET on NBCS. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Kings as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 233 points.
ORLANDO MAGIC VS SACRAMENTO KINGS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Orlando Magic +4.5
This game will be played at Golden 1 Center at 10:00 ET on Wednesday, January 3rd.
WHY BET THE ORLANDO MAGIC:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 112-110 in favor of the Kings.
- Our projections have De’Aaron Fox finishing with De’Aaron Fox points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists.
- From the field, we have the Kings finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.5% and knocking down 15 threes.
Can the Magic Pull Off a Road Win?
Heading into today’s matchup vs. the Kings, the Magic find themselves 4.5-point underdogs. If they are able to cover, it will also snap their two-game losing streak. Overall, Orlando is 19-14 and in 5th place in the Eastern Conference.
So far, Orlando has been slightly better at home compared to on the road. The Magic have gone 12-4 at home compared to 7-10 on the road. For both straight-up and ATS, Orlando has been the underdog in more games than they have been favored. They hold an average scoring margin of -2.4 points per game as the underdog.
Out of their 33 games, the Magic have been the underdog 21 times and have gone 13-8 against the spread in those games. Their average over/under line for the season has been 226.3 points, and their over/under record for the season is 16-17.
When looking at the Eastern Conference standings, the Magic are sitting in 2nd place in the Southeast Division. Against other teams in the East, Orlando has gone 14-9 compared to 5-5 in non-conference games.
In 60.6% of their games, the Magic offense has scored below their opponent’s defensive average for the season. Overall, Orlando is 23rd in the league in scoring, averaging 112.9 points per game. Paolo Banchero led the Magic in scoring with 27 points against the Warriors, while Franz Wagner added 25.
So far, the Magic’s defense is ranked 6th in the league at 111.0 points per contest. The Magic defense is coming off a game in which they held the Warriors offense to just 44.6% shooting. Overall, they gave up 121 points to Golden State.
Can Sacramento Grab a Win at Home?
As the Kings get ready to host the Magic, they are favored by 4.5 points at home. If they are able to come through as the favorite, the Kings will snap a two-game losing streak.
In the Western Conference, the Kings are sitting in 5th place and 2nd in the Pacific Division on a record of 19-13. Against other teams in the West, Sacramento has gone 15-11 compared to 4-2 in non-conference games.
So far this season, the Kings have been the favorite in 25 of their 32 games and have gone 15-10 straight up in those games. However, they have struggled to cover the spread at home recently and have two straight losses. For the season, they are 8-9 ATS at home.
The over/under record for the Kings this season is 16-16, and the under has hit in three straight games. Today’s line of 233 is slightly below their average over/under line of 235.5. In their previous games with lower over/under lines than 233, their OU record is 5-3.
In their last game, the Kings scored 104 points and shot 43.5% from the field. This is lower than their season average of 117.1 points per game. Inside the arc, the Kings have been efficient with a two-point field goal percentage of 56%. When it comes to pace, the Kings are 10th in the NBA with 99.9 possessions per game.
Currently, the Kings’ defense holds the 21st rank in the NBA, allowing 116.6 points per game. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Kings squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 55.0% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.1% from downtown.