Orlando reminds me a little bit of the Philadelphia 76ers team that were tanking hard before the Process started. There’s a bunch of teenagers on the team and they are trying their best to lose as many games as possible to have another high draft pick. Cole Anthony leads them in scoring with 18.7 points per game, he came into the league in 2020. Another youngster Jalen Suggs is averaging 12.7 points per game, at this point the Magic are concentrated on developing their young core, so we shouldn’t expect much from them.
Having dominated the Magic already this season it’s really hard to look past the Spurs in this one, despite them having just one win on the road in 4 games so far. I expect them to play a bit more under control here and take advantage of the young and inexperienced Orlando team. Let’s back San Antonio -4.0 Point Spread.
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A total of 220 points were scored in the first meeting of the season between these two teams on opening night. Since then they’ve played a decent number of games for us to have an idea of how they play. San Antonio currently ranks 3rd in pace of play, while the Magic are somewhere in the middle. When it comes to offensive efficiency, neither team will wow you, but with Orlando struggling to stop teams I think we should be in for a higher scoring game again here. The Magic allow 109.6 points per 100 possessions, only 3 teams are worse than that currently in the NBA. Also, in the last 10 meetings the total has gone over 6 times. In San Antonio’s last 11 games against Eastern Conference teams the total has gone over 9 nine times. Orlando simply isn’t able to stop anyone right now, so we’ll probably see a high number of points in this one. Let’s back the over.
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