The Orlando Magic (33-38, 20-16 home) roll out the red carpet for the New Orleans Pelicans (31-42, 13-25 away) on Wednesday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m. EST at Amway Center.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they played on February 13th, 2019, Orlando won 118-88 behind 25 points from Nikola Vucevic.
The Magic are fresh off of a 91-101 win vs the Hawks in Atlanta in which they were 9 for 37 from deep and won the war on the glass 62-53. The Pelicans, meanwhile, are fresh off a 129-125 win against the Mavericks in Dallas in which they handed out 34 assists and scratched and clawed their way to seven steals. Julius Randle torched the Mavericks for 30 points.
All told, the Pelicans have won four of their last ten games and are 12th in the Western Conference, while the Magic have have come out on the losing end of five of their last ten and are ninth in the Eastern Conference.
New Orleans comes into this game ranked 23rd in the league in defensive rating. They’re giving up 116.1 points per contest and are 28th in field goals allowed and 25th in threes allowed. Offensively, they’re averaging 116.0 points and are fifth in rebounds and third in assists. They’ve received big contributions this season from Anthony Davis, who is putting up 26.2 points per contest on 49.0% shooting.
Orlando, meanwhile, is ranked 26th in offense rating. The Magic are averaging 105.7 points per game on 42.0% shooting and are 18th in rebounds and 13th in assists.
They’ve been paced this season by Nikola Vucevic, who is leading the Magic with 20.7 points per game on 50.0% shooting, and Aaron Gordon, who is chipping in 16.1 points per game. The Pelicans will have their hands full with both players tonight.
Defensively, the Magic are giving up 106.2 points per game and are 21st in field goals allowed and 12th in three-pointers surrendered. Opponents are shooting 45.0% from the floor and 35.0% from beyond the arc against them in 2018-19.
The Magic began as 6.5-point favorites for this match up, with an over/under total of 226. That’s a big point spread, so proceed with caution if you’re thinking of wagering on the Magic. New Orleans is 34-38-1 against the spread this season and 40-33-0 over/under, compared to 37-33-1 ATS and 30-41-0 over/under for Orlando.