Orlando Magic vs Oklahoma City Thunder NHL Pick – March 23

The NBA is set up with another solid slate of basketball throughout March 23. Eleven games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the Orlando Magic and the Oklahoma City Thunder. These two teams have struggled a lot on the season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.

Orlando has earned a record of 20-53 so far this season, which has them in fourteenth place of the Eastern Conference. The Magic have won two games in a row and four of their last seven. Orlando is eliminated from the playoffs, but will look to play spoiler. The Magic will look to grab a big win on the road in this one.

The Thunder have put up a record of 20-52 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourteenth place of the Western Conference. Oklahoma City has lost ten games in a row, which has sent them spiraling towards the bottom of the standings. The Thunder are only three games up on the last spot in the Conference. Oklahoma City will look to bounce back with a big win in this one.

These two teams are near the bottom of the standings this season, but will look for a big win in this one. The Magic will look to avoid a slow start after playing on Tuesday night. Oklahoma City will look to end this long losing streak with a big win at home. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Orlando Magic -1 ½ (-110) -123 Over 221 (-110)
Oklahoma City Thunder +1 ½ (-110) +103 Under 221 (-110)

 

Team Data Orlando Magic Oklahoma City Thunder
Overall Record 20-53 20-52
Away/ Home Record 10-27 9-27
PPG 104.1 103.1
PPG Away/ Home 104.3 103.9
PAPG 111.8 111.0
PAPG Away/ Home 111.3 111.5

Betting Trends

Orlando Magic

  • 33-39 ATS this season
  • 3-3 ATS as favorite
  • 21-16 ATS in road games
  • 6-5 ATS in March
  • 6-9 ATS when playing on back to back days
  • 6-3 ATS against Northwest division
  • 13-14 ATS after non-Conference game
  • 13-15 ATS in non-Conference games
  • 1-0 ATS after allowing 90 points or less
  • 11-15 ATS after scoring 100 points or less
  • 5-10 ATS off an upset win as an underdog
  • 11-16 ATS against team with a losing record

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • 45-25 ATS this season
  • 44-24 ATS as an underdog
  • 20-14 ATS in home games
  • 7-4 ATS in March
  • 5-3 ATS against Southeast division
  • 18-6 ATS after a non-Conference game
  • 18-8 ATS in non-Conference game
  • 6-1 ATS after allowing 130 points or more
  • 20-7 ATS after three or more straight losses
  • 20-11 ATS against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up once this season on March 20 in Orlando. Darius Bazley put up 18 points, while Isaiah Roby added 11 points and 10 rebounds. It was not enough for the Thunder though. Wendell Carter Jr. scored 30 points and 16 rebounds. Franz Wagner added 11 points as the Magic earned a 90-85 win at home.

Field Goal Shooting

The Magic have struggled shooting the ball on the season. Orlando has been shooting 43.4 percent from the field, which is 28th in the NBA. The Magic have made 32.9 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 28th in the league. Orlando has drained 79 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 9th in the NBA.

Oklahoma City has been one of the worst teams shooting the ball this season. The Thunder have made 42.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 30th in the league. Oklahoma City has shot 31.7 percent from deep, which is also last in the NBA. The Thunder have sunk 76.2 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 20th in the league.

These two teams have struggled shooting the ball throughout this season and will look to get going in this one. Both teams have been similar on defense as well this season. Oklahoma City has held their opponents to a 45.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 14th in the league. The Magic have allowed opposing teams to shoot 45.8 percent, which is 16th in the NBA.

Top Performers

Cole Anthony has been solid for Orlando this season. Anthony is averaging 16.9 points and 5.7 assists per game. Franz Wagner has averaged 15.4 points, while Wendell Carter Jr. is averaging 15 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Gary Harris has averaged 11.1 points and Mo Bamba is averaging 10.2 points and 8 rebounds. Terrence Ross has averaged 10.1 points to round out the lineup.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been the best player for the Thunder throughout the season. Gilgeous-Alexander has averaged 24.5 points, 5.9 assists and 5 rebounds per game. Darius Bazley is averaging 10.9 points and 6.4 rebounds. Tre Mann has averaged 10.2 points per game. Isaiah Roby is averaging 8.1 points per game to round out this injury depleted lineup.

The Magic have seen their depth step up throughout this season, while Oklahoma City has leaned on SGA this season. The Thunder are also without Luguentz Dort and Josh Giddey, likely for the season. Orlando is missing Jalen Suggs in their lineup, which hurts. Both teams will look for some players to step up early in this one.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been at the bottom of the standings throughout this season, but will look for a win in this one. Oklahoma City has lost ten games in a row and their first game of the season series to the Magic. The Thunder will look to bounce back at home against an Orlando team coming off a game on Tuesday night. If Oklahoma City can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

BetOnline has the Magic listed as a -1 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Orlando on the road in this one. I think that this line should be closer to even with the Magic coming in on a back to back and struggling throughout this season. Oklahoma City will look for SGA to step up early. As underdogs at home, I like the value on the Thunder.

The Bet
Oklahoma City Thunder +1.5
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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