Pacers vs Magic Prediction NBA Picks 3/10/24

Orlando Magic (37-27) vs Indiana Pacers (35-30)

Game Info: Sunday, March 10, 2024 at 6:00 pm (Kia Center)

Betting Odds: Orlando Magic -1.5 -- Over/Under: 228 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic meet Sunday in NBA action at the Kia Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Indiana Pacers vs Orlando Magic prediction.

Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have been in a rut as they've lost four of their last six games overall and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling painfully short to the Timberwolves in a 113-111 loss on Thursday. Pascal Siakam led the team with 24 points on 10 of 20 shooting, Tyrese Haliburton added 23 points with 13 assists on nine of 15 shooting while Myles Turner chipped in with 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. As a team, the Pacers shot 51 percent from the field and 10 of 26 from the 3-point line as they showed plenty of grit to claw their way back from a 17-point deficit, only to allow the Timberwolves to go on a crucial 7-1 run late in the fourth quarter to slip away in a close finish.

Orlando Magic

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been in red-hot form as they've won eight of their last 10 games overall, but they will be eager to bounce back in this one after having their five-game win streak halted by the Knicks in a 98-74 road loss on Friday. Paolo Banchero led the team with 23 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, Franz Wagner added 13 points while Jonathan Isaac chipped in with 11 points off the bench, but no other player scored more than seven points. As a team, the Magic shot just 34 percent from the field and six of 26 from the 3-point line as they struggled to keep pace with the Knicks from the start and never looked threatening after scoring just 16 points in the second quarter and just 15 points in the third quarter.

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 18th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FT% (84.8%) this season.

Indiana Pacers Player Facts

  • Tyrese Haliburton ranks 1st amongst qualified players for assists per game (11.4) this season.
  • Aaron Nesmith ranks 2nd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for 3P% (44.4%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent assists per game this season (24.0).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent rebounds per game this season (40.0).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for points per game this season (123.3).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for assists per game this season (30.8).

Indiana Pacers vs Orlando Magic prediction

The Pacers are still missing Bennedict Mathurin and Doug McDermott, while the Magic are keeping eyes on Markelle Fultz and Jalen Suggs who are both questionable. The Pacers could really do with a win to get back on rack after a string of tough losses, but they won't get much sympathy from the Magic who were in red-hot form before suffering one of their worst losses in their last outing. It's hard to split these two teams at the moment, but I don't think the Magic are getting enough respect from the bookies here as they should be favored by a few more points at home. This should still be a close one, but I like the Magic to get the win and cover at home in this spot.

 

Peter’s Pick Orlando -1.5

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