The Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic have a date at the Amway Center on Wednesday night. The Magic are looking for their first win since beating the New York Knicks on November 17, 104-98. They are on a seven-game losing streak, most recently dropping a 101-96 decision against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.
Prior to that loss, the Magic were 105-92 losers against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Jalen Suggs suffered a thumb injury in the win over the 76ers and will not be available in this one tonight. The current word is that Suggs will not require thumb surgery. That’s great news for a guy that the Magic need on the floor.
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) December 1, 2021
Not necessarily for this season. The Magic are already in the tubes, but they need Suggs on the floor to continue to develop and get better. While he isn’t expected to require surgery, his status is currently OUT indefinitely. In other words, there is no timetable for Suggs’ return to the starting lineup.
Suggs scored 17 points and 5 assists versus the 76ers. I don’t think the Magic stay that close without him on the floor. Franz Wagner had a big showing with 27 points and 6 rebounds. All of this talk about Evan Mobley and Scottie Barnes, but Wagner is quietly going under the radar in Orlando.
The Magic don’t win. That’s the biggest problem that Wagner has to get attention. They are heading into tonight with a record of 4-18 and are going to have another great opportunity to draft high in 2022. That’s not the worst thing for a franchise that is in rebuilding mode. They could be a competitive team in two or three years.
It was raining triples last night in Miami ☔️ pic.twitter.com/QJpIDa7VE2
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) November 30, 2021
Denver is coming off an impressive 120-111 win over the Miami Heat on Monday. Nikola Jokic made his return to the lineup and it was abundantly clear the difference he makes. Jokic scored 24 points and 15 rebounds in the win.
Michael Porter Jr. will unfortunately need back surgery, though. They may not need him against the Magic, but that injury will hurt in big matchups, especially without Jamal Murray as well. Head below for our free Nuggets vs. Magic pick on December 1, 2021.
Denver Nuggets vs. Orlando Magic Live Odds and Betting History:
The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:
|Denver Nuggets||-7.5 (-110)||-335||Over 208.5 (-110)|
|Orlando Magic||+7.5 (-110)||+275||Under 208.5 (-110)|
|Team Data||Denver Nuggets||Orlando Magic|
|Points Per Game||103.7||99.6|
|Points Against Per Game||103.9||110.5|
|Field Goal %||46.0||41.2|
|Three Point %||33.5||32.2|
Nuggets vs. Magic Prediction:
The Denver Nuggets will have Nikola Jokic on the floor again tonight. His return comes at the perfect time, because they wouldn’t survive without Jokic, Michael Porter Jr., and Jamal Murray.
Jokic was partying with his brothers at a nightclub in Miami after the Heat game, but that’s a non-issue going into Orlando. He will be ready to play against an inferior Magic team.
The Nuggets are sixth in the league with 103.9 points per game. Much of that has to do with Jokic clogging passing lanes and making it tough on defenses to move the ball efficiently.
His presence back on the floor helps in more than one way. An offense that was anemic without him should get on top of things now.
The Nuggets are 24th in the league with 103.7 points scored per game. They are in the top-10 with a field goal percentage of 46%. The scoring will improve with a healthy Jokic on the floor.
Denver Nuggets vs. Orlando Magic Betting Trends:
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games after a win
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games on the road versus a team with a losing record
- 7-1-2 ATS in their previous ten games versus the Magic
- 10-0 overall in their previous ten games versus the Magic
- 1-6 ATS in their previous seven games
- 0-7 overall in their previous seven games
- 5-15-1 ATS in their previous 21 games at the Amway Center
- 3-13 ATS in their previous 16 games after covering the spread
- 15-36-3 ATS in their previous 54 games as an underdog at the Amway Center
- 7-21 ATS in their previous 28 games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
The Magic are going to have to find offensive production from somewhere without Suggs in the lineup. The go-to guy is going to be Franz Wagner. However, do we really think that Wagner is going to hold up well enough versus Jokic?
The Magic will attempt to get Wagner involved, but Jokic will likely be too much of a challenge for him this early in his career. He’s going to score, though Jokic’s tools on both ends of the floor are going to be too good for him to contain.
Expect Jokic to dominate in this one tonight. The Magic are 28th in the league with 99.6 points per game and a 41.2% field goal percentage. They are shooting just 32.2% from three this season for 27th in the NBA.
The Nuggets should be able to pull away for a double-digit win if they’re interested. The Magic losing Suggs is a bigger deal than the Nuggets without Porter Jr., at least as far as these teams match up. I like the Nuggets to win and cover the 7.5 points.