The Orlando Magic (22-33) play host to the Denver Nuggets (38-17) for a matchup at the Amway Center on Thursday. The Denver Nuggets enter the game with the Western Conference’s top seed, while the Orlando Magic rank 13th in the Eastern Conference. The two teams go head-to-head for the second and final time this season, with the Denver Nuggets leading the series 1-0.
Form Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic couldn’t overcome the New York Knicks in their last match, losing 98-102. The hosts have struggled to establish a consistent run of success. They’ve only won half of their past 10 games, leaving them with a 22-33 regular season record.
The Orlando Magic have had a difficult time in offensive production this season, averaging a mere 111.1 points per game. The defense, on the other hand, has really stepped up against opposing offenses of late. In the past five outings, the hosts have only given up 109.8 on average. This is better than how they’ve fared over the season, having allowed 114.2 per game in comparison.
Last year, the Orlando Magic failed to qualify for the playoffs after a 22-60 regular season. They ended up 15th in the Eastern Conference and fifth in the Southeast Division. Their chances of reaching postseason play this season don’t look good either, with the home side 22-33 so far.
Chuma Okeke is the only reported injury concern for the Orlando Magic ahead of Thursday’s game.
Form Denver Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets slammed home 146 points in their last match against the Minnesota Timberwolves, winning 146-112. They’re now 6-4 in their past 10 games, going 12-13 on the road this season.
The Denver Nuggets have been one of the NBA’s most prolific scoring teams this season. Entering Thursday’s matchup, the visitors are averaging 117.4 points per game. On the defensive end of the floor, the away team has given up 115.6 points in the last five outings and 113.0 points on average for the season.
Following last year’s first-round playoff exit, the Denver Nuggets are back and better than ever. The visitors look in a strong position to take the top seed in the Western Conference. They’ve had an impressive 38-17 season so far, ranking top of the Northwest Division as well.
Jamal Murray, Collin Gillespie, and Zeke Nnaji are all carrying injuries going into the latest Denver Nuggets game.
The Denver Nuggets ran out winners in their previous two matchups with the Orlando Magic. They won the most recent meeting 119-116 on January 2023, while the game before that finished with a 121-111 score on February 2022. The Denver Nuggets boast a 8-2 record against the Orlando Magic from their past ten contests, winning three out of four times on the road.
In their past ten head-to-head games, the Orlando Magic pulled off 104.5 points on average per game, whereas Denver Nuggets managed 109.4 points per match.
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- Moneyline (ML): Denver Nuggets (-235) | Orlando Magic (+195)
- Against the spread (ATS): Denver Nuggets -6.0 (-110) | Orlando Magic +6.0 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 231.5 (-110) | (-110)
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Take the Denver Nuggets to win (1.43) on the moneyline.
It’s hard to argue with the +195 moneyline odds on an Orlando Magic win here. The hosts are on a two-game losing skid at Amway Center and are coming off a 98-102 defeat to the New York Knicks. The Denver Nuggets have the advantage, with -235 moneyline odds indicating there is a 70% likelihood of them winning. However, while the visitors are coming off a home win, they’ve struggled on the road, having suffered three consecutive losses away from home recently.
Bet on the Denver Nuggets for the outright moneyline win. The visitors have gone 8-2 in their past ten matchups against the Orlando Magic, winning the last game 119-116 at Ball Arena on January 2023.
Against the Spread
Go for the Orlando Magic +6.0 (1.91) if you’re looking for a safe bet.
The oddsmakers have the Denver Nuggets pinned down as six-point favorites for their upcoming road game against the Orlando Magic. Based on their last ten matchups, the average points margin between the two teams was 6.7 points.
The Orlando Magic have gone 16-11 ATS at Amway Center. Their overall record for the season is 32-21-2 ATS. In their previous ten games, the Orlando Magic went 6-4 ATS overall and 5-5 ATS in the last ten at home.
The Denver Nuggets, on the other hand, have covered the spread in four of their last five games. Their record for the season is 29-25-1 ATS. The visitors are 4-6 ATS from their ten most recent road trips, as well as 6-4 ATS in their last ten games overall.
Take Total under 231.5 (1.91) on the total.
There has been a trend of low-scoring games between the Orlando Magic and the Denver Nuggets recently. The points have just not been there for either team. In fact, in their past ten matchups, the total only averaged 213.9 points.
The total line is set at 231.5. The Orlando Magic and the Denver Nuggets’ combined points total has not exceeded this 231.5 line seven times in their last ten matchups. Betting Under on the Total market returns odds of -110.
For betting on the total, consider that four of the last five Orlando Magic games went under. Betting on the over would’ve paid out as a winning bet in the last three games at the Amway Center. The Orlando Magic are 4-6 against the total in their last ten matches overall.
The total has gone over in six of the last seven games for the Denver Nuggets. The total score went over in half the previous 10 road games. The Denver Nuggets have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games overall.