This Saturday, November 19 the NBA will have a quiet day with only five games in total, one of them being the Magic vs Pacers, in which two teams that come from different paths will face each other.
The Pacers have had a satisfactory recovery after a dreadful start to the campaign, and now they will try to keep up that pace in front of their home fans by hosting the Magic team that, on the other hand, is still not able of getting back on its feet, and is already starting to look like one of the worst teams of the season, once again.
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Predictions, Odds, and Betting Preview for the Magic vs Pacers NBA Regular Season Game on November 19, 2022
- Where: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana.
- When: Saturday, November 19, 2022, 7:00 PM E.T.
Betting on the Orlando Magic
As it was expected, the Magic fans will have to pray once again for a chance to celebrate a win because, even if their team has achieved one or two highlights, it has not been able to achieve many wins. Also, and to their misfortune, Paolo Banchero, who has been their best player so far, has missed the last few games due to an injury and he has no clear return date.
Banchero finds himself leading the race for Rookie of the Year, as the 20-year-old has put up impressive numbers, 23.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, so, it’s more than evident that his absence has been very difficult for the Magic. They also have to deal with the losses of Cole Anthony, Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac.
The outlook for the Florida team does not seem to be the best this time around either because, even if they defeated the Bulls away from home, they did not have a good result last night. That victory, was just their first win away from home so far this campaign (1-6), and they have lost in seven of their last nine meetings with the Pacers..
Betting on Indiana Pacers
Unlike their rival, the Pacers have managed to turn their campaign around after a slow start and they are now even in the top eight of the Eastern Conference. That magnificent recovery has been possible because of an offense that averages 116.5 points scored per game, the third best in the NBA, a statistic that improves to 118.9 points at home.
However, not everything is good for Rick Carlisle’s team, as the team has been very vulnerable on defense, being currently the third team with most points received in the league with an average of 115.7 points per game. In addition, they are the second worst team defending long distance shots, with their opponents having a shooting percentage of 39.1%.
Although, to stats lovers, the opposite was happened last night. The Pacers put up a good defensive performance and they did the best they could on offense to end up taking home a 99-91 win over the Houston Rockets and add a third win in a row to their record.
The Pacers have proven to be capable of causing problems for even the best defenses in the league.So, they shouldn’t have too many problems having another good production moment against a Magic team that tends to give some liberties on their side of the court, averaging 113.3 points allowed per game.
In addition, the Magic’s offensive deficiencies are more than evident, and without Banchero on the court, their chances of hurting even a poor defense like the Pacers’ are not very high, especially considering that they will be visitors, a condition in which they have allowed an average of only 103.1 points scored..
Both teams will arrive to this game without having been able to rest, so playing at home will also play an important role in this game. We expect the Pacers to win in this game, because of to their current momentum and the strengths they have shown, as well as we expect the team to control things from the beginning and win comfortably.
Prediction: Indiana Pacers win by 7 points.
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