Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans - 3/9/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans - 3/9/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans (27-37) vs Orlando Magic (16-49)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans -8 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Orlando Magic and New Orleans Pelicans meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. The Orlando Magic look for a win after splitting their last six games. The New Orleans Pelicans look for a win after splitting their last eight games.

The Orlando Magic are averaging 103.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 111.9 points on 46 percent shooting. Cole Anthony is averaging 17.4 points and 5.7 rebounds, while Franz Wagner is averaging 15.6 points and 4.7 rebounds. Wendell Carter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Suggs is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 107.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 109.1 points on 46.3 percent shooting. CJ McCollum is averaging 26.1 points and 5.7 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 22.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Devonte’ Graham is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game.

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The Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Pelicans are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Magic last 5 overall. The under is 18-7-1 in Pelicans last 26 overall. The Magic are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in New Orleans and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Orlando Magic aren't a team I'm thrilled to back in any shape or form, and the appeal drops even more with them on the end of a back to back. The New Orleans Pelicans have quietly put together a nice couple of weeks, and they're winning their last five games by an average of 19.8 points while shooting 50.5 percent from the field. The Pelicans need to take advantage of games like this if they're going to position themselves for the playoffs. I'll lay the reasonable chalk here with the home favorite.

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Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans -8

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