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NBA Betting Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Orlando Magic 3/21/2024

New Orleans Pelicans (41-26) vs. Orlando Magic (40-28)

As the NBA season progresses towards its climactic finale, the New Orleans Pelicans and Orlando Magic are set to face off in a pivotal match on Thursday, March 21, 2024. Both teams have showcased their dominance throughout the season, with the Pelicans holding a slight edge in the standings over the Magic. This game, taking place at the Kia Center at 7:00 PM ET and broadcasted on NBAt, promises to be a thrilling encounter, making it a prime candidate for those interested in the best live betting opportunities.

The Pelicans show tremendous togetherness and persistence throughout the season. Usually scoring 116.1 points per game and having a field goal percentage of 48.8%, the offensive capability of this team cannot be underestimated. The team takes excellent care of not only three-point, but also free-throw shooting, making sure that every scoring chance is grabbed. Defensively the Pelicans are strong, with the team averaging 44.5 rebounds per game and 8.2 steals being revealing of their capacity to disrupt their opponents.

In contrast, the Orlando Magic, although a little laggard in ranking, cannot be ignored easily. Once again, the Magic scored 110.7 points with an average shooting performance of 47.6%, depicting a balanced offensive strategy that puts defenses in uncertainty. The Spurs have similar defensive statistics like the Pelicans, which include an average of 42.6 rebounds per game and 5.2 blocks, highlighting their efficiency in protecting the rim and successfully disputing shots.


New Orleans Pelicans vs. Orlando Magic Game Info

When:  Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 7:00 PM ET
Where:  Kia Center
Stream:  NBA League Pass


Zion Williamson (PF) vs. Paolo Banchero (PF)

Zion Williamson has demonstrated his supernatural power that he brought for the Pelicans this season. Being in the starting lineup of all the 56 games, he has averaged 22.6 points per game over an average of 30.9 minutes. Though Williamson does not only rely on his scoring capacity, he also grabs 5.8 rebounds as well as 5.1 assists per game. But his 2.5 turnovers per game show a negative part of his game, too, which he should first improve, especially against the Magic’s meticulous team.

Similarly, on the other side Paolo Banchero has been a godsend for the Oracle. Addressing his participation in all 66 games of the regular season with a strong average of 22.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game over 34.9 minutes of play, Banchero proved that he can be counted on to score for his team. Often, his high-speed dribbling and the 5.3 assists per game, together with the strong defense, figuratively speak for his contribution to this match.

Besides the fact that they are able to change the result of a game in their team’s favor not only through their scoring but also through assists and rebounds. It is possible that the chances of the team coming out victorious will depend on which of these two players tops the other making their confrontation a major aspect of the game that will keep spectators on the edge of their seats.


NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD

As the betting odds and spreads for this game are yet to be determined, it’s crucial for bettors to keep a close eye on updates. Both teams have shown consistency and resilience throughout the season, making this matchup a challenging one to predict.


New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends

The Pelicans have been very good in their recent games, as their last 5 games were 4-1 wins and 1 loss. If a team can cover the spread in both home and away games, it shows its reliability for the bettors, so it becomes a potentially profitable team in the next games.


Orlando Magic Betting Trends

The Magic have demonstrated their competitive nature by winning 3 out of 5 recent games. Their records as spread favorites, particularly when on the road, suggest that they can produce upsets, while also contributing to the uncertainty regarding this matchup for bettors.


New Orleans Pelicans vs. Orlando Magic 3/21/24 Betting Picks

Since both teams are closely matched and their star players have a capability to dramatically change the outcome, this contest will be closely contested. Though the Pelicans average better in offensive efficiency, the Magic unpredictability and endurance as a team should not be underestimated.

For those looking for free NBA picks, the New Orleans Pelicans might be the safer bet, though the margin is expected to be slim. Bettors should also consider the over/under based on both teams’ recent trends towards high-scoring games.


Free Pick and Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans 115, Orlando Magic 112

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