Pelicans vs Magic Prediction NBA Picks Today 4/3

Pelicans vs Magic Prediction NBA Picks Today 4/3

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Magic vs. Pelicans Preview - Prediction KingPin Pro

New Orleans, LA; April 3, 2024, 5:00 p.m. CST

 

Game Odds

Odds by ESPN BET

Time Spread Total ML
5:00 PM +4.5 (-120) o214.5 (+140) +150
- -4.5 (EVEN) u209.5 (-115) -175

 

Game Overview

The Orlando Magic (44-31) will take on the New Orleans Pelicans (45-30) on April 3, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. CST. This non-conference matchup promises to be a competitive showdown between two playoff-contending teams. In this preview, we'll analyze team statistics, player performances, injury updates, and provide our prediction.

The Smoothie King Center in New Orleans will host this exciting clash. Let's delve into the key factors that might influence the outcome of this game.

 

Team Statistics

Orlando Magic

The Magic, led by P. Banchero, have been impressive this season, particularly on the offensive end. Banchero's scoring ability has been crucial for their success, averaging 22.3 points per game.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans, led by Z. Williamson, have also been performing well, but they face some challenges due to injuries. Williamson's scoring prowess remains a key factor for their success.

 

Injuries and Player Matchups

Injuries could play a significant role in this matchup.

Orlando Magic

The Magic might be without Caleb Houstan, which could impact their lineup.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans will miss the services of Brandon Ingram, which could affect their offensive dynamics.

 

Recent Performances

Orlando Magic

The Magic have been performing well recently, securing wins against tough opponents like the Portland Trail Blazers.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans have had mixed results in their recent games, facing some losses despite their overall strong performance this season.

 

Prediction

Considering the Magic's recent performances and their ability to compete against strong teams, we believe they will cover the +4.5 points spread in this matchup against the Pelicans. The Magic have shown resilience and offensive firepower, which could keep the game close even if they don't secure the win outright.

Additionally, the absence of Brandon Ingram for the Pelicans could create opportunities for the Magic to capitalize and keep the game within a manageable margin. Therefore, betting on the Magic to cover the +4.5 points spread appears to be a reasonable pick for this game.

Pick: Orlando Magic +4.5

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