Los Angeles Clippers vs Orlando Magic Prediction NBA Picks 3/29/24

Orlando Magic (42-30) vs Los Angeles Clippers (45-27)

Game Info: Friday, March 29, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Kia Center)

Betting Odds: Orlando Magic +1.5 -- Over/Under: 212 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The LA Clippers and Orlando Magic meet Friday 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 Clippers vs Magic prediction.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have been struggling for consistency as they've lost six of their last 10 games, but they will be looking to build some momentum after sneaking past the 76ers in a 108-107 road win on Wednesday. Paul George led the team with 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, Kawhi Leonard added 17 points wth nine rebounds and two blocks while James Harden chipped in with 16 points and 14 assists. As a team, the Clippers shot 44 percent from the field and 14 of 36 from the 3-point line as they got off to a terrible start and had to claw their way back from an early 15-point deficit, before Kawhi Leonard saved the day with a clutch and-one play with just 15.1 seconds left on the clock to carry the Clippers over the line.

Orlando Magic

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been in great shape as they've won 10 of their last 14 games overall, but they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after getting taken down by the Warriors in a 101-93 loss on Wednesday. Cole Anthony led the team with 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists off the bench, Paolo Banchero added 15 points with eight rebounds and five assists while Franz Wagner chipped in with 14 points but no other player finished in double figures in scoring. As a team, the Magic shot just 42 percent from the field and 10 of 32 from the 3-point line as they got off to a sluggish start and were always trailing after scoring just 11 points in the first quarter to trail by 17 points in the blink of an eye. To their credit, the Magic showed plenty of fight to cut the deficit to just two points midway through the fourth quarter, but they could never reclaim the lead.

Orlando Magic Player Facts

  • Jalen Suggs ranks 4th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.4) this season.
  • Paolo Banchero is one of only 11 qualified players in the league averaging at least 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds this season.

Los Angeles Clippers Player Facts

  • Ivica Zubac ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for FG% (65.5%) this season.
  • James Harden ranks 4th amongst qualified players for assists per game (8.6) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent assists per game this season (23.9).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent rebounds per game this season (39.9).
  • The Clippers are one of only two teams to win 10+ games when trailing after Q3 this season.
  • The Clippers rank 4th in the league for three-point percentage this season (38.7%).

Clippers vs Magic prediction

The Clippers are still missing Jordan Miller and Moussa Diabete, while the Magic don't have a single player listed on the injury report. The Clippers have been able to get going despite being relatively healthy. Perhaps their thrilling win over the 76ers can spark a run for them. But the Magic come into this meeting as the team in better form, and they represent decent value as the home underdog in this spot. You can make an argument for either side here, but I have to go with the more consistent Magic to get the win in a close one here.

Peter’s Pick Orlando +1.5

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