Magic vs Hawks Prediction NBA Picks 1/17/24

Atlanta Hawks (16-23) vs Orlando Magic (22-18)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 7:30 pm (State Farm Arena)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Hawks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 235 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Orlando Magic and the Atlanta Hawks duke it out at the State Farm Arena on Wednesday night. Here’s a Magic vs Hawks Prediction.

Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic have been in a rut as they've lost six of their last nine games overall, but they will be eager to build some momentum after snapping a three-game skid with a 98-94 road win over the Knicks on Monday. Paolo Banchero led the team with 20 points, six rebounds and three assists, Wendell Carter Jr. added 17 points off the bench while Chuma Okeke chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Magic shot 44 percent from the field and eight of 29 from the 3-point line as they wasted a 12-point lead in the third quarter, before they played great defense to hold the Knicks to just 16 points in the fourth quarter to escape with the gritty win. Caleb Houstan had a rough game as he scored just seven points on one of seven shooting while Jalen Suggs scored just four points on one of eight shooting.

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.

Atlanta Hawks

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks have been in decent shape as they've split their last eight games overall and they will be looking to keep it going after taking down the lowly Spurs in a 109-99 win on Monday. Trae Young led the way with 36 points and 13 assists on 11 of 24 shooting, Jalen Johnson tallied 16 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists and six steals while Clint Capela chipped in with 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. As a team, the Hawks shot 43 percent from the field and 13 of 38 from the 3-point line as they absolutely dominated the first half by 69-34 to allow them to cruise in the second half.

Atlanta Hawks Player Facts

  • Trae Young ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for assists per game (10.9) this season.
  • Clint Capela ranks 8th amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (10.5) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Hawks rank 1st in the league for offensive rebounds per game this season (13.2).
  • The Hawks rank 1st in the league for field goal attempts per game this season (93.6).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent assists per game this season (23.8).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent field goal attempts per game this season (86.2).

Magic vs Hawks Prediction

The Magic are still shorthanded with Franz Wagner and Gary Harris both out, while the Hawks are still missing De'Andre Hunter and Wesley Matthews. The Magic were really struggling to win games with all the injuries they've had to deal with, but they showed plenty of grit in their narrow win over the Knicks. The Hawks are slowly getting better it seems, but it's hard to get too excited with their win over the slumping Spurs. The Hawks open as slight favorites at home, but I'll lean towards the Magic to pull off the minor upset once again.

Peter’s Pick Orlando +3.5

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