Any Reason to Bet Sorry Magic vs. Surging Wolves? Actually, Yes

Troy Haliburton

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 3:44 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 3:44 PM UTC

We take a look at Tuesday's light four-game slate in the Association and pick winners on Pelicans-Celtics and Timberwolves-Magic.

Pelicans at Celtics

Anthony Davis and DaMarcus Cousins are leading the Pelicans as a dynamic big-man duo in the “Pace and Space” era. The problem with Davis and Cousins is that it seems when they are dominating the ball on the Pelicans offense, the team does not seem to win as much. The Celtics will have an advantage of not having played since Thursday in London, and the Pelicans are coming off of a big win against the Knicks on Sunday night.

The Pelicans will try to use their size advantage down low to pound the Celtics on the block. Al Horford has done a great job this season of guarding the paint when necessary and also switching out to perimeter players when he has to.

New Orleans has also fielded a new starting lineup with the return of former Celtic Rajon Rondo, who is now the starting point guard and moves Jrue Holiday to the shooting guard position. Rondo is a much better facilitator and can properly run the offense.

Free NBA Pick: Pelicans +4.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Timberwolves at Magic

Jimmy Butler has settled any debate about the hierarchy in the Minnesota offense. Butler has settled in as an ancillary option in Minnesota, and allowed the young stars, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, to dominate the ball on offense. Butler is fifth among Wolves player in usage rate at 19.7%, which means that he is getting the ball much less than he did last season in Chicago. What Butler is doing is establishing himself as the defensive stopper and glue guy that the Wolves have been missing.

The Orlando Magic have shifted their offensive strategy this season and are intent on shooting as many 3-pointers as possible. The Magic are hitting on 39.7% of those shots from deep on the season.

Aaron Gordon has been stellar to open the season, and has shown marked improvement in his offensive game. Gordon is shooting 47% from the field, which is up considerably from his career average of 30.8%. Just the threat alone of Gordon being able to be a capable spot-up shooter has allowed him to use his most useful talent, which is elite athleticism to his advantage. Teams literally have to pick their poison in terms of how they defend Gordon. If you go under the screen, he can beat you with his improved jump-shot. If you hedge hard and go over the screen, Gordon will use his ball-handling skills to get to the rim, and has no problem finishing over or through contact at the rim.

Free NBA Pick: Magic +8Best Line Offered: JustBet

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