New Orleans Pelicans vs Orlando Magic Pick and Predictions 3/9/2022
March 9, 2022
✅ The Magic had lost 15 of 16 games before playing the skeleton crews of two teams ravaged by health and safety protocols.
✅ The Magic are without at least 11 players, and likely 13 players for this matchup.
|When:||Wednesday, March 9th, 2022, 8 p.m. ET|
|Venue:||Smoothie King Center|
The Orlando Magic and the New Orleans Pelicans square off for the second and final time this season on Wednesday, March 9th. On December 23rd, the Pelicans defeated the Warriors 110-104.
Both teams are playing on the back end of a back-to-back set, with the Magic falling 102-99 to the Suns in a close game, while the Pelicans were blown out 111-132 by the Grizzlies.
Last season, the teams met twice, splitting the games with each winning on the road. The Magic have won 22 of their total 42 games against the Pelicans.
The Pick: New Orleans Pelicans at (-340)
New Orleans Pelicans vs Orlando Magic
|Against the spreads (ATS)||-8 (-110)||+8 (-110)|
Why bet on Pelicans?
✅ The Pelicans have scored 11.4 points per game, which is more than their season average during the last ten games
✅ CJ McCollum has a 26.1 point and 5.7 rebound average, while Brandon Ingram has a 22.8 point and 5.7 rebound average
✅Jonas Valanciunas is the team's third double-digit scorer, and Devonte Graham pulls down 2.5 rebounds per game.
✅This season, The Pelicans has a record of 33-32-0 ATS
Why bet on Magic?
✅The Magic have scored 107.4 points per game over their last ten games, which is 3.6 points higher than their season average
✅ Cole Anthony averages 17.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while Franz Wagner averages 15.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game
✅ Wendell Carter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer, and Jalen Suggs pulls down 3.7 rebounds a game
✅ When playing as at least 7.5-point underdogs, the Magic have an ATS record of 19-23
New Orleans Pelicans
The absence of Brandon Ingram made a significant difference for the Pelicans, as the Grizzlies were able to focus their pressure more intently on CJ McCollum, resulting in the team playing poorly.
He still recorded a double-double of 32 points, 11 assists, and six rebounds while shooting an impressive 13 of 21 from the field and 5 of 10 from deep. Herb Jones and Jonas Valanciunas were the only starters to reach double figures, each with ten points.
But, with the Grizzlies leading by 19 points at halftime with a game the next night, coach Willie Green used his backups more, and as a result, Willie Hernangomez (17 points, nine rebounds) and Naji Marshall (16 points) saw increased playing time and excelled.
Brandon Ingram (hamstring) is doubtful for Wednesday's game. Larry Nance Jr. (knee) has been ruled out indefinitely. Kira Lewis Jr. (ACL) is out for the season, while Williamson (foot) remains out.
Wendell Carter Jr. returned to the lineup after skipping the previous two games and was a threat with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Mo Bamba, his frontcourt companion, came one point (nine) short of matching him with 15 rebounds.
Mo Wagner, Cole Anthony, and Markelle Fultz were the other three players to reach double figures. Jalen Suggs (ankle) is unclear to make an appearance. Markelle Fultz (knee), who returned after 14 months, isn't noted on the injury report, but considering the back-to-back situation, it wouldn't be shocking if he was rested. Meanwhile, Jonathan Isaac (knee) and Bol Bol (foot) are both on the sidelines indefinitely.
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