Pacers a Good Bet to Outduel the Magic at Home

Saturday, March 30, 2019 3:33 PM UTC

Saturday, Mar. 30, 2019 3:33 PM UTC

The Magic and Pacers will battle for playoff seeding, but give Indiana the major advantage playing at home.

Orlando (37-29 SU, 39-35-2 ATS) at Indiana (45-31 SU, 37-38-1 ATS)

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As the playoffs get closer and closer, these inter-conference matchups between potential playoff teams becomes more and more important for the sake of the playoff seeding. The Indiana Pacers hope to continue to work their home magic under less-than-ideal circumstances when they host the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.The game could have major playoff implications for both teams, with the Pacers (45-31) dueling Boston for the No. 4 seed in the East, while the Magic (37-39) seek to improve on their No. 9 status in the conference.

The Pacers will be playing the second night of a back-to-back set, having battled the Celtics to the wire on the road in a critical showdown before losing 114-112 on a Kyrie Irving shot with a half-second remaining. The Pacers then had to fly back to Indianapolis, where the Magic were waiting, having not played since Thursday night at Detroit.

The loss dropped the Pacers into a tie with the Celtics (45-31) for the fourth position in the East, which carries with it home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Almost surely, Indiana and Boston will be first-round opponents. The clubs meet again next Friday at Indiana. But before that, the Pacers must play three straight against teams fighting for their postseason lives, beginning with the Saturday matchup against the Magic.

Orlando, likewise, finds itself in the thick of a rough patch in the schedule.The Magic will face all playoff contenders on a four-day trip that began with a win at Miami on Tuesday before a loss at Detroit on Thursday.

That left the Magic trailing the Pistons (38-37), Brooklyn Nets (38-38) and Heat (37-39) with just six games remaining in the Orlando season. The Magic will finish their trip at Toronto on Monday. Orlando has won two of three from Indiana in earlier matchups, with each team winning once on the opponent's home floor.

Indiana is a fantastic 22-15 ATS at home for the season and are also 9-5 on the second nights of back to backs for the season, giving them a great statistical chance of covering at home and getting a much needed win.

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\"We gave ourselves a chance. We came in and played our hearts out,\" said Coach McMillan after the tough loss in Boston. pic.twitter.com/EfU5zThkRs

— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 30, 2019
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