Magic vs Clippers Odds, Lines & Predictions (March 18)
March 15, 2023; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles Clippers guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after guard Terance Mann (14) scored a basket and pulled the foul on the Golden State Warriors in the second half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
- The Los Angeles Clippers are the home favorite over the Orlando Magic by 6.5 points in their NBA game scheduled for Saturday, March 18th
- LA has a 16-2 record in their last 18 straight games against Orlando, but the Magic won the only previous meeting this season
- Below are the Magic v Clippers odds and predictions for Saturday’s game in Los Angeles
When it comes to which team will come out on top in the Orlando Magic (28-42, 37-32-1 ATS) and Los Angeles Clippers (37-33, 35-35 ATS) clash, it all depends on how wide-ranging they are the search will be.
Orlando won the only meeting this season. The Magic made a 116-111 home decision in overtime on December 7th. In fact, Orlando has led 2-2 in the last four games between the two teams in a row.
However, the Clippers show a 16-2 SU advantage in their last 18 games against the Magic. On the home court, LA is 8-1 SU in their last nine games with Orlando.
Magic vs Clippers odds
|team||spread||money line||In total|
|Orlando magic||+6.5 (-110)||+215||O226.5 (-110)|
|Los Angeles Clippers||-6.5 (-110)||-255||U 226.5 (-110)|
It’s the Clippers that like odds-makers in this game. LA is considered a 6.5-point home favorite. Orlando is a solid 18-13-1 against the spread as an away underdog this season.
This game will be broadcast by NBA League Pass in the US and Canada. Tip-Off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET at the Crypto.com Arena.
Odds as of March 17th at DraftKings sports betting.
The Clippers are the seventh favorite in the NBA championship odds at +1400. Should you be a perpetual optimist, you can access a +100000 bet line on Magic in this market.
Magic vs Clippers betting trends
People have mixed feelings about the public spread splits on this game. The Magic pulls in a whopping 86% of the handle. Bettors lean slightly towards the clippers at 51%. However, when it comes to splitting the money lines, it’s all Clippers. LA pulls 77% of the handle and 89% of the bets.
Total players are also split into two. The over/under public splits show 75% of the handle on the under, while 59% of bettors are betting on the over. Orlando has passed in six straight games. However, eight of the last 12 games between these two clubs have gone down.
Orlando vs LA Clippers Injury Report
Clippers small forward Kawhi Leonard (right knee injury management) will not play against the Magic on Saturday. LA will also be missing small forward Norman Powell (shoulder) from the NBA starting lineup. Shooting guard Brandon Boston Jr. (coccyx bruise) is also out.
Magic SG Jalen Suggs is out with a concussion. Power forward Jonathan Isaac is done for the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left adductor muscle.
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LA with a hot hand at home
The Clippers will look to extend their home winning streak to five games. Prior to this current four-game unbeaten run, however, LA was treading water at home with a 15-15 SU standings. Overall, the Clippers are only 5-5 SU in their last 10 games.
“I’m just happy that we were able to achieve these victories. Getting 30 points doesn’t do me any good.”
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— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 16, 2023
Point guard Russell Westbrook is shooting 42.5% and averaging 15.6 points for the Clippers in nine games since arriving in a trade from the Crosstown Lakers. Leonard has averaged 26.3 points in his last 10 games. He scored 30 points in Wednesday’s win against Golden State. Expect more work for Westbrook and Paul George in his absence.
Magic fight on the street
Rookie power forward Paolo Banchero, who led the team with an average of 20.1 goals per game, was the Magic’s hero in December’s victory over the Clippers. He led all scorers that night with 23 points. Banchero has been good for 22.2 ppg in Orlando’s last 10 games.
Paolo Banchero’s last six games:
31 points, 6 reb, 5 ast, 50% fg
26 points, 5 vines, 50% fg
20 points, 4 reps, 3 branch
26 points, 8 reps, 3 15 p.m
17 points, 10 reb, 9 branch, +16 +/-
27 points, 6 reps, 52% fg pic.twitter.com/S7VYOqtlHf
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) March 16, 2023
Small forward Franz Wagner (18.7 ppg) and center Wendell Carter Jr. (15.3) are the only other Magic players to score more than 15 points per game. The Magic are playing the third game of a four-game road trip and are 12-23 SU this season. They are also 16-25 SU against teams with .500+ records.
Magic vs Clippers Prediction
You’ll have to go back to 2011 to find a stretch where Orlando won back-to-back games against the Clippers. The Magic even won nine straight from LA from 2007 to 2011.
Orlando is only 3-7 SU in the last 10 games and 1-5 SU in the last 6 games. They are also 0-4 ATS in their last four away games as underdogs with 6.5+ points.
Choice: Los Angeles Clippers -6.5 (-110)
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