Orlando Magic at Indiana Pacers - 1/22/21 NBA Picks and Prediction

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Indiana Pacers (8-6) vs Orlando Magic (7-8)

Game Info: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Indiana Pacers -3 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Orlando Magic and the Indiana Pacers collide at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday night.

The Orlando Magic have been in a rut lately as they’ve lost eight of their past 11 games, but they will be looking to build some momentum after snapping a six-game skid with a 97-96 road win on Wednesday. Nikola Vucevic led the team with 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Evan Fournier added 24 points while Aaron Gordon racked up 13 points with nine rebounds, seven assists and four blocks. As a team, the Magic shot just 39 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the 3-point line as they looked to be in trouble after scoring just 10 points in the second quarter to fall behind by 16 points going into halftime. However, the Magic came out with intent and poured in 62 points in the second half to win at the buzzer on a 3-pointer from Cole Anthony who finished with 13 points.

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have won eight of their first 14 games but they will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the Mavericks in a 124-112 loss on Wednesday. Malcolm Brogdon led the team with 26 points and five assists, Domantas Sabonis added 25 points with 10 rebounds and four assists while Doug McDermott chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Pacers shot 44 percent from the field and 16 of 39 from the 3-point line as they clawed back into the contest after allowing 37 points in the first quarter, only to go ice-cold when it matter most as they scored just 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks ran away with it.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Magic are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games following a win, 1-5 ATS in their last six road games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Pacers are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following a loss of more than 10 points and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record.

Head to head, the over is 5-0 in the last five meetings overall, the Magic are 6-16 ATS in the last 22 meetings overall and the Magic are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Indiana.

The Magic will be hoping to get something going after pulling off the win at the buzzer in their last outing to put a halt to a six-game losing streak, while the Pacers have been below their best as they’ve lost their last two and they could again be without Myles Turner who was sat out Wednesday with a fractured right hand. This looks like a good spot for the Magic to take advantage here and they will take any win they can get, but the Magic are just 6-16 ATS in the last 22 meetings overall, so I’m sticking with the more consistent Pacers to get the job done here despite being shorthanded.

 

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