Lay the Points in Magic vs. Pelicans for Free NBA Pick ATS

David Lawrence

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:34 AM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 11:34 AM UTC

When the Orlando Magic travel to New Orleans to battle the Pelicans, they do so as underdogs in NBA betting odds. Find out why you should lay the points on the heavily favored home team tonight. 

The Orlando Magic Will Win Because…
Their opponent might not yet be ready for the big time. The New Orleans Pelicans might be a really good team at the end of the regular season, but are they a good team right now? No one really knows, and that’s the mystery which could help Orlando to make this game a lot more competitive than many of the NBA betting experts, and those who make the NBA odds think.

The Pelicans have Anthony Davis, who is on his way to being a star in the NBA, but after that, how many truly reliable players do they really have? New Orleans has Tyreke Evans, who never really fit in Sacramento with the Kings. The Pelicans have Eric Gordon, a talented player but a temperamental one as well, and Gordon has also struggled with injuries during his career as well. What kind of player does New Orleans have with him right now? The Pelicans are hoping that Austin Rivers will also be ready to make the step up to a higher level, but that’s hardly a given at this point. The Pelicans were just not that good last season. They were one of the five worst teams in the NBA in terms of fouling. They were next to last in three-point shots made and attempted. Their perimeter offense suffered and dragged down the rest of the team. That’s not something that can continue, and while this issue might get solved in due time, it won’t get solved right away. Orlando could benefit as a result.


The New Orleans Pelicans Will Win Because…
They're playing a bad team with few options and limited resources… and a team which just took another hit before the start of the season. Orlando was not going to be a very good team to begin with. The Magic watched Jameer Nelson, one of the core players on the 2009 Eastern Conference championship team, go to Dallas to join the Mavericks. The Magic didn’t have anyone who could contribute on the perimeter last season – at least not enough to make defenses respect Orlando’s shooters. Nikola Vucevic was a strong player in the paint but he just didn’t have much help. One of the few bright spots for this team other than Vucevic, though, is now going to be out for this game.

Victor Oladipo left a big impression on a lot of talent scouts when he played college ball at the University of Indiana and led the Hoosiers to a number one seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Oladipo developed a favorable reputation as a do-everything player who could take the ball to the rim and play lights-out defense. He scored 13 points, averaged almost five assists, and four rebounds for Orlando in a solid rookie season. He was going to make this team better this season. He’s out, though, for the month of November after suffering a facial fracture. For your NBA pick, understand that basically this is going to leave Orlando far too shorthanded to do much of anything in this game.


The loss of Oladipo leaves Orlando with basically nothing to fall back on. New Orleans is not great, but the Pelicans have a lot more to offer than the Magic at this point.

NBA Free Picks Pick: New Orleans -9.5 PaddyPower

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