Pacers at Magic Prediction - NBA Picks 1/25/23

Orlando Magic (18-29) vs Indiana Pacers (23-25)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)

Betting Odds: Orlando Magic -4.5 -- Over/Under: 233 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Indiana Pacers and the Orlando Magic duke it out at the Amway Center on Wednesday night.

The Indiana Pacers have been in poor form as they were on a seven-game losing streak before they snapped out of it with a 116-110 home win over the Bulls last night. Myles Turner and Bennedict Mathurin each scored 26 points, TJ McConnell added 20 points with 10 assists while Buddy Hield chipped in with 19 points. As a team, the Pacers shot just 42 percent from the field and 10 of 37 from the 3-point line as they struggled in the first half and fell behind by as many as 21 points, before they came to life with 70 points in the second half to pull off the unlikely victory.

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been in decent form as they’ve split their last 10 games and they will be eager to stay hot after blowing past the shorthanded Celtics in a 113-98 home win on Monday. Paolo Banchero led the team with 23 points, Wendell Carter Jr. added 21 points with 11 rebounds while Cole Anthony chipped in with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists off the bench. As a team, the Magic  shot 51 percent from the field and 11 of 27 from the 3-point line as they went back and forth with the Celtics in the first half, before they dominated the second half by 58-44 to take full advantage of a Celtics team missing their two best point guards.  

Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 0-5 ATS in their last five road games, 21-10 ATS in their last 31 games playing on zero days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall. The Magic are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.

Head to head, the over is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings overall and the Pacers are 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Orlando.

The Pacers are still missing Tyrese Haliburton and they have Andrew Nembhard listed as day to day, while the Magic are only missing Chuma Okeke who is still out. The Pacers have really struggled since Haliburton went down, but they really put it together to beat the Bulls last night, so perhaps that could be the game that gets them out of the funk they’re in. However, the Magic have been playing some good basketball lately, they’ve got all their key players healthy and they just took down the red-hot Celtics on Monday. The Magic also have the advantage of extra rest and they are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games, so I’ll be taking the Magic in this spot.

Peter’s Pick Orlando -4.5

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