Magic vs Suns Prediction - NBA Picks 3/16/23

Phoenix Suns (37-32) vs Orlando Magic (28-41)

Game Info: Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 10:00 pm (Footprint Center)

Betting Odds: Phoenix Suns -7 -- Over/Under: 229 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns meet Thursday in NBA action at the Footprint Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The Orlando Magic are averaging 111.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 114.6 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Paolo Banchero is averaging 20.1 points and 3.6 assists, while Franz Wagner is averaging 18.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Wendell Carter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Markelle Fultz is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game.

The Phoenix Suns are averaging 113.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 111.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 27.8 points and 5.7 assists, while Kevin Durant is averaging 26.7 points and 7.3 rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Paul is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game.

The Magic are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Suns are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Magic last 5 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Suns last 6 overall. The Magic are 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Phoenix and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Phoenix Suns are obviously capable of blowing the doors off here, but they're still dealing with injuries and winning their last 5 games by an average of just 0.6 points. The Orlando Magic are still profitable on the season and lose as underdogs by an average of 2.4 points. The Magic are 18-11-1 ATS when underdogs of 5 to 9.5 points. I'll take a chance with the Magic in the big underdog role.

Randy’s Pick Orlando Magic +7

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