Indiana Pacers vs Orlando Magic NBA Pick – March 2

The NBA is set up with another great slate of action on Wednesday night. Eight games are up on the board throughout March 2. One of these games will be between the Indiana Pacers and the Orlando Magic. These two teams have struggled throughout this season and will look to earn a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

Indiana has earned a record of 21-42 throughout this season, which has them sitting in thirteenth place of the Eastern Conference. The Pacers is coming off a loss in their last game and have lost nine of their last eleven. Indiana has struggled to get much going this season, but will look to bounce back. I expect the Pacers to come out quickly on the road.

The Magic have put up a record of 15-47 so far this season, which has them in last place of the Eastern Conference. Orlando has won two games in a row since after the All-Star break. The Magic have fallen far out of the playoff picture, but will look to finish strong. Orlando will look to keep it going with a big win at home in this one.

These two teams have been struggling throughout this season and will look to earn a big win in this one. The Pacers have struggled a bit more as of late, but have been the better overall team. Orlando has won two in a row and will look to keep it going. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win on Wednesday.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Indiana Pacers +2 (-110) Over 232 (-110)
Orlando Magic -2 (-110) Under 232 (-110)

 

Team Data Indiana Pacers Orlando Magic
Overall Record 21-42 15-47
Away/ Home Record 6-24 7-21
PPG 109.7 103.8
PPG Away/ Home 105.8 103.0
PAPG 112.3 111.8
PAPG Away/ Home 111.5 112.0

Betting Trends

Indiana Pacers

  • 29-33 ATS this season
  • 19-17 ATS as an underdog
  • 13-17 ATS in road games
  • 2-11 ATS against Southeast division
  • 6-7 ATS after a loss by 10 or more points
  • 9-12 ATS against team with a losing record

Orlando Magic

  • 27-34 ATS this season
  • 3-1 ATS as a favorite
  • 8-19 ATS in home games
  • 6-8 ATS against Central division
  • 9-11 ATS after allowing 105 points or less
  • 1-3 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 2-4 ATS when playing team with a losing record

These two teams have met up twice on the season. Gary Harris put up 22 points, while Wendell Carter Jr. added 19 points and 15 rebounds in the first meeting. The Magic earned a 119-118 win on the road. The second game was in Orlando on February 28. Carter Jr. dropped 21 points and 12 rebounds. Mo Bamba scored 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Magic earned a 119-103 win.

Field Goal Shooting

The Pacers have struggled a bit shooting the ball on the season. Indiana has made 45.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 15th in the league. The Pacers have shot 33.9 percent from deep, which is 25th in the NBA. Indiana has sunk 75.9 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 22nd in the league this season.

Orlando has not been any better shooting the ball throughout the season. The Magic have been shooting 43.5 percent from the field, which is 27th in the NBA. Orlando has made 33 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 27th in the league. The Magic have drained 78.6 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 10th in the NBA.

These two teams have been struggling from the field throughout this season. Indiana has been a bit better shooting, but the Magic have been better on defense. The Pacers have allowed opposing teams to shoot 47.2 percent from the field, which is 26th in the league. Orlando has held their opponents to a 46.1 percent from the field, which is 18th in the NBA.

Top Performers

Buddy Hield and Tyrese Haliburton have been the leaders for Indiana throughout this season. Hield has averaged 21.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. Haliburton is averaging 20.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Chris Duarte has averaged 13.3 points per game. Jalen Smith is averaging 12.9 points to round out the lineup.

Cole Anthony has been the leader for the Magic on the season. Anthony is averaging 17.5 points and 5.8 assists per game. Franz Wagner has averaged 15.5 points, while Wendell Carter Jr. is averaging 14.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Jalen Suggs is averaging 12.4 points and Gary Harris has averaged 11.4 points per game. Terrence Ross and Mo Bamba are both averaging around 10 points per game.

The Pacers have been led by Hield and Haliburton since they joined the team at the trade deadline. Orlando has seen a nice spread of scoring from their depth. Markelle Fultz played his first game of the season in the Magic’s last meeting dropping 10 points as well. Both teams will look for their depth to step up in this one as they look for a big win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have struggled throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Magic have been the better team on the season series, while Indiana will look to avoid a series sweep. The Pacers will look to come out strong from the field in this one. If Indiana can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

BetOnline has the Magic listed as a -2 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 off a win against Indiana. I expect the Pacers to come out faster in this matchup. As underdogs on Wednesday night, I like the value on Indiana.

The Bet
Indiana Pacers +2
-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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