Orlando Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction NBA Picks 4/3/24

New Orleans Pelicans (45-30) vs Orlando Magic (44-31)

Game Info: Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

Betting Odds: New Orleans Pelicans -172 / Orlando Magic +146 --- Over/Under: 210.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Orlando Magic and New Orleans Pelicans meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Smoothie King Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Magic vs Pelicans prediction.

Orlando Magic Betting Preview

The Orlando Magic recently lost to the Clippers, while beating the Grizzlies and Trail Blazers. The Orlando Magic are averaging 110.4 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 108.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Paolo Banchero is averaging 22.3 points and 5.3 assists, while Franz Wagner is averaging 19.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. Jalen Suggs is the third double-digit scorer and Cole Anthony is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game.

New Orleans Pelicans Betting Preview

The New Orleans Pelicans recently beat the Bucks while losing to the Suns and Celtics. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 115.2 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 46 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 22.9 points and 5.8 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 20.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Trey Murphy III is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game.

New Orleans Pelicans Player Facts

  • C.J. McCollum ranks 7th amongst qualified players for three-pointers made Per Game (3.3) this season.
  • Herb Jones ranks 10th amongst qualified players for 3P% (42.3%) this season.

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.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pelicans rank 1st in the league for opponent three-point percentage this season (34.7%).
  • The Pelicans rank 1st in the league for H1 opponent points per game this season (54.0).
  • 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 (40.0).

Magic vs Pelicans prediction

The Pelicans are getting the benefit of the doubt because they're at home, but they've lost 3 of their last 4 games. The Pelicans are also still without Ingram and Alvarado. The Magic continue to pile up the wins and get little respect from oddsmakers. The Magic are 48-27 ATS on the season, making them comfortably the best cover team in the NBA. The Magic are covering at a 64 percent clip, and no other team in the league is at least 60 percent. I'll keep backing while the tickets cash. Give me the Magic and the points.

Randy’s Pick Orlando Magic +4.5

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