It’s been a struggle for the Orlando Magic (5-11) so far this season, but they were able to come out on top over the Chicago Bulls.
The Indiana Pacers (8-6) are off to a much better start than most people anticipated, as they’ve won three straight games.
Orlando Magic Betting Preview
The Magic broke through and beat the Bulls their last time out, as several of their players put up big games.
Wendell Carter Jr. had 21 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Jalen Suggs and Franz Wagner have 20 points and eight assists each.
Bol Bol chipped in 15 points and ten rebounds.
The Magic may not be ready to win many games, but they have a bunch of young pieces who are ready to do damage in this league and who are well on their way to being All-Star caliber players.
Paolo Banchero will be out of action in this one, as he’s currently sidelined with a sprained left ankle.
The Magic will likely look to rely on Carter Jr. and Wagner to carry a bulk of the load offensively, with everybody else looking to play their complementary roles.
Indiana Pacers Betting Preview
The Pacers have been a surprise this season, as Tyrese Haliburton is taking his next step toward being an All-Star in the NBA.
Haliburton is averaging 20.5 points and 10.2 assists per game as he continues to shoot the three at an incredibly high rate.
Bennedict Mathurin has also been a bright spot for the Pacers, as he’s averaging 19.6 points per game.
Buddy Hield and Myles Turner may not have been traded yet, but they are fitting in very nicely with this group in Indiana, as they are both averaging over 18 points per game.
The Pacers were thought by many to be a team in rebuilding mode and not even close to being a playoff contender, but with the way things are rolling right now, it’s hard to see them not being a part of the playoff picture this season.
They have several great scorers, a bonafide floor general who can also handle the responsibilities of being a primary scorer, and a big man who can anchor the defense down in the paint.
Mathurin still has to work on his all-around game, but he already looks like he’s destined to be an All-Star in this league.
The Pacers are favored by a -6 spread in this one, which is no surprise given that the Pacers are the better team at this time.
The Magic can make games competitive, but they will be without Banchero.
Both teams will be on the second end of a back-to-back set, so tired legs will come into play in this game.
Expect the Pacers to pull this one out and cover the spread.