Pelicans vs. Magic Odds & Picks: Back the Short Home Dog (January 20th)

Betsperts analyst Jennifer Eakins gives her best bets for the Pelicans vs. Magic on Friday, January 20th, 2023.

The Orlando Magic will be playing at home for the first time since January 5th as they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, January 23rd, 2023. Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM ET at Amway Center. The Magic sit 13th in the Eastern Conference while the Pelicans have slid to fourth in the West.

Pelicans vs. Magic Betting Odds

Pelicans Magic
Spread -1 +1
Moneyline -120 +100
Over/Under 228.5

*Lines accurate at time of publication

Pelicans vs. Magic Best Bets

Orlando Magic +1 (-105 DraftKings)

After a two-week cross-country road trip, the Magic will be looking to snag this winnable game. Orlando has played better at home this season, averaging nearly seven points more per contest when at Amway Center. The Pels are littered with injuries and have lost seven of their last 10 games, and are also averaging just 105.7 points per tilt in their last three contests. Take the Magic as the home dog against the short-handed Pelicans in this one.

Risk: 1.05 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -120)

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Pelicans vs. Magic Game Total Over 228.5

New Orleans has been a bottom-half team in defending the paint this season, while the Magic has been more effective in scoring in this area in recent contests. Orlando is allowing 114.3 points per game on the year, while the Pelicans are yielding 115.7 in their last three times on the court. In the last six contests between these two franchises, the over has hit five times.

Risk: 1.1 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -120)

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