Magic vs Suns Prediction - NBA Picks 12/31/23

Phoenix Suns (16-15) vs Orlando Magic (19-12)

Game Info: Sunday, December 31, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Footprint Center)

Betting Odds: Phoenix Suns -6 -- Over/Under: 230 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Orlando Magic look for a win after splitting their last 6 games. The Phoenix Suns need a win after losing 5 of their last 8 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a Orlando Magic vs Phoenix Suns prediction.

Orlando Magic Betting Preview

The Orlando Magic beat the Wizards and Knicks this week while losing to the 76ers. The Orlando Magic are averaging 113 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 110.6 points on 47 percent shooting. Paolo Banchero is averaging 21.5 points and 4.6 assists, while Franz Wagner is averaging 21 points and 5.9 rebounds. Cole Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Suggs is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game.

Orlando Magic Player Facts

  • Paolo Banchero is one of only three players in the league to be leading his team for points, rebounds and assists this season.
  • Franz Wagner ranks 12th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.2) this season.

Phoenix Suns Betting Preview

The Phoenix Suns are coming off wins over the Rockets and Hornets. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 115.5 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 114.6 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 29.8 points and 6.1 assists, while Devin Booker is averaging 27.4 points and 5.3 rebounds. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Bradley Beal is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 82.8 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Suns will face the Blazers, Clippers, Heat, and Grizzlies after this one.

Phoenix Suns Player Facts

  • Kevin Durant ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for 3P% (48.0%) this season.
  • Devin Booker ranks 6th amongst qualified players for assists per game (8.1) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Suns rank 1st in the league for opponent rebounds per game this season (40.6).
  • The Suns rank T1st in the league for blocks per game this season (6.6).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent assists per game this season (23.3).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent offensive rebounds per game this season (9.3).

Orlando Magic vs Phoenix Suns prediction

I've been fading the Phoenix Suns all season, and it's paid off up to this point, even if oddsmakers continue to show them respect. With that said, the Magic have had some hiccups over the last few weeks, and they're running into a Suns squad that's as healthy as it's been all year. With Beal, Durant, and Booker on the court together, this could be where we finally see the Suns start to come together. The line isn't stupid, crazy. I'll take a shot with the Suns and the chalk.

Randy’s Pick Phoenix Suns -6

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