Pelicans vs Magic Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Friday, January 20, 2023

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The New Orleans Pelicans (26-19) visit the Orlando Magic (16-28) at Amway Center, tipping off at 7:00 PM ET on Friday, January 20, 2023. The Pelicans are only 1.5-point favorites in the game. The matchup’s over/under is 229.

How to bet Pelicans vs. Magic

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Orlando Magic Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 1.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Pelicans as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Pelicans have -122 odds to pick up the win, while the Magic are listed at +102 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 229 points.

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Pelicans vs. Magic Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, January 20, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: BSF
  • Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Arena: Amway Center

Pelicans vs. Magic Betting Trends

In the Pelicans’ 45 games this year, they have 22 wins against the spread. New Orleans has been the favorite in 25 games this season and has come away with the win 18 times (72%) in those contests. The Pelicans have hit the over in 59.1% of their opportunities this year (26 times in 44 games with a set point total).

The Magic are 24-18-2 against the spread this year. Orlando has won 37.8% of the games this season it was the underdog on the moneyline (14-23). Magic games this year have hit the over on 23 of 44 set point totals (52.3%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Pelicans Leaders
CJ McCollum 40 21.3 4.6 5.8 1 0.6 3.1
Jonas Valančiūnas 45 14.8 9.8 1.7 0.3 0.5 0.6
Trey Murphy III 42 12.5 3.8 1.4 1 0.5 2.2
Naji Marshall 43 10.5 3.7 2.5 0.8 0.2 1.1
Herbert Jones 29 10 3.7 2.1 1.5 0.7 0.8


Magic Leaders
Paolo Banchero 37 21.1 6.6 3.8 1.1 0.5 1.4
Franz Wagner 43 20.3 3.9 3.3 0.9 0.2 1.7
Wendell Carter Jr. 25 15.8 8.6 2.8 0.4 0.6 1.2
Markelle Fultz 23 12.2 4.1 5.6 1.7 0.3 0.4
Bol Bol 39 11.9 6.9 0.9 0.5 1.5 0.7
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Pelicans vs. Magic Injury Report

Magic: Franz Wagner: Questionable (Ankle), R.J. Hampton: Out (Not With Team), Chuma Okeke: Out (Knee)

What you need to know about the New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans is scoring 116.6 points per game (ninth-ranked in NBA) this year, while allowing 113.5 points per contest (16th-ranked). Offensively, the Pelicans average 116.2 points per game at home, compared to 117 points per game on the road. In their last 10 games, the Pelicans have been putting up 111.3 points per contest, an average that’s a little lower than the 116.6 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.

This year, New Orleans is draining 11.2 three-pointers per game (22nd-ranked in NBA) and is shooting 36.6% (11th-ranked) from downtown. This year, the Pelicans have taken 65.3% two-pointers, accounting for 73.6% of the team’s buckets. They have shot 34.7% from three-point land (26.4% of the team’s baskets).

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What you need to know about the Orlando Magic

In 2022-23, Orlando is fourth-worst in the NBA offensively (110.5 points scored per game) and 17th defensively (114.3 points conceded). At home the Magic are putting up 113.9 points per game, 6.8 more than they are averaging away (107.1). The Magic are posting 111.1 points per contest in their past 10 games, which is 0.6 more than their average for the season (110.5).

Orlando is the third-worst squad in the NBA in 3-pointers made (10.7 per game) and 22nd in 3-point percentage (34.3%). In 2022-23, the Magic have taken 63.4% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 36.6% percent from beyond it. In terms of made shots, 73.2% of the Magic’s baskets have been 2-pointers, and 26.8% have been 3-pointers.

Our prediction to win this contest is the Pelicans, and we expect that Pelicans will cover the spread (Pelicans -1.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 229 points.

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Luis Escalante

Luis has been a regular contributor to 4for4 since 2014 and is currently the Director of Strategy at Betsperts Group. Luis comes from an analytics background, leveraging his data skills with multiple years of experience in NFL, fantasy football, daily fantasy sports, and betting.

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