Timberwolves vs Magic Prediction - NBA Picks 1/9/24

Orlando Magic (21-15) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (25-10)

Game Info: Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Kia Center)

Betting Odds: Orlando Magic +4.5 -- Over/Under: 222.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Minnesota Timberwolves pay a visit to the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center on Tuesday night. Here's a Timberwolves vs Magic prediction.

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been in a bit of a rut as they've lost three of their past four games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back here after getting beaten by the Mavericks in a 115-108 road defeat on Sunday. Anthony Edwards led the team with 36 points, 10 rebounds and three assists on 14 of 27 shooting, Karl-Anthony Towns added 24 points with seven rebounds and two blocks while Naz Reid chipped in with 15 points off the bench but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Timberwolves shot just 43 percent from the field and 13 of 41 from the 3-point line, but they just had no answer for the Mavericks' duo of Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic who combined for 69 points. Jaden McDaniels had a rough night as he scored just two points on one of 10 shooting.

Minnesota Timberwolves Player Facts

  • Karl-Anthony Towns ranks 1st amongst qualified Centers for FT% (89.4%) this season.
  • Rudy Gobert ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (12.0) this season.

Orlando Magic

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been in decent shape as they've won five of their last nine games overall and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after blowing past the Hawks in a 117-110 overtime home win on Sunday. Paolo Banchero led the team with 35 points, 10 rebounds and four assists on 13 of 29 shooting, Caleb Houston added 25 points, Jalen Suggs scored 16 points while Goga Bitadze chipped in with 11 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. As a team, the Magic shot just 43 percent from the field and 17 of 41 from the 3-point line as they squandered a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter to allow the Hawks to come back, but they made up for it with their defense as they held the Hawks to just five points in overtime to earn the win and improve to 13-4 at home this season.

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.
  • Jalen Suggs ranks 5th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.4) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent assists per game this season (23.6).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for free throw attempts per game this season (26.9).
  • The Timberwolves rank 1st in the league for opponent points per game this season (107.7).
  • The Timberwolves rank 1st in the league for opponent field goal percentage this season (44.7%).

Timberwolves vs Magic prediction

The Timberwolves have cooled off a bit lately and they didn't look too good in their loss to the Mavericks on Sunday, but they are still favorites over the Magic who have been hit hard by injuries lately. Yes, the Magic were good enough to win their last two games which includes a win over the Nuggets, but the Timberwolves are just about at full strength and should have more than enough firepower to cover this short line.

Peter’s Pick Minnesota -4.5

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