New Orleans Pelicans at Orlando Magic - 8/13/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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New Orleans Pelicans (30-41) at Orlando Magic (32-40)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Visa Athletic Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -3.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The New Orleans Pelicans and the Orlando Magic collide at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Thursday night.
The New Orleans Pelicans have been one of the most disappointing teams as they’ve lost five of their seven games in the bubble and they will be hoping to finish their season on a high note after falling to the Kings in a 112-106 loss on Tuesday. Jahlil Okafor led the team with 21 points on nine of 11 shooting off the bench, Frank Jackson added 18 points and four assists while Lonzo Ball chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Pelicans shot 51 percent from the field and seven of 24 from the 3-point line as they hung in the contest until the third quarter where they scored just 23 points, allowing the Kings to take a 13-point lead. To be fair, the Pelicans had a bunch of players rolling on the offensive end so they could have probably won this one, but no one played their usual allotment of minutes as they were just looking to give everyone some playing time.
Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic are bound for the playoffs, but you wouldn’t know that from the way they’ve been playing as they’re hoping to end a five-game skid after falling to the Nets in a 108-96 loss on Tuesday. Markelle Fultz led the team with 18 points in 22 minutes off the bench, Wes Iwundu added 18 points in a rare start while James Ennis III and Nikola Vucevic each scored 12 points. As a team, the Magic shot miserly figures of 38 percent from the field and seven of 23 from the 3-point line as they never looked threatening after falling behind by 17 points going into halftime.
Head to head, the under is 5-0 in the last five meetings in Orlando, the under is 23-8 in the last 31 meetings overall and the Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
The Pelicans would love to end their season with a win to finish things off on a high note, but they’re really just looking to give the entire playing group some playing time as we saw on Tuesday. The Magic have a little more to play for as the playoffs are just around the corner, but they haven’t been able to get anything going in their last five games which is concerning. This is certainly a game I’d rather stay away from, but if I had to choose, I’d lean towards the Magic to get the much-needed win.