Denver Nuggets vs. Orlando Magic - 12/18/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Orlando Magic (12-15) at Denver Nuggets (17-8)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -9.5 -- Over/Under: 203 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Pepsi Center.
The Orlando Magic need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 103.5 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Evan Fournier is averaging 20 points and 2.8 rebounds while Nikola Vucevic is averaging 17.3 points and 11.4 rebounds. Aaron Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Terrence Ross is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have won four of their last six road games.
The Denver Nuggets look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 106.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 101.7 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Nikola Jokic is averaging 17 points and 10.2 rebounds while Jamal Murray is averaging 16.9 points and 4.6 assists. Will Barton is the third double-digit scorer and Paul Millsap is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won five of their last six home games.
The Magic are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Magic last 6 Wednesday games. The under is 24-10 in Nuggets last 34 home games and 14-6 in Nuggets last 20 overall. The Magic are 4-12 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Denver and 5-15-2 ATS in the last 22 meetings.
The Orlando Magic are coming off a tough loss against the Utah Jazz and now get thrown into Denver, possibly the toughest place to play on the end of a back to back. The Denver Nuggets are still quite inconsistent, but they're 9-6 ATS when a favorite of five or more points and they're winning at home by an average of six points. I don't love this game or the number, but I'll lean toward the Nuggets in a comfortable home victory if forced to pick.