The Orlando Magic (8-13), who are currently on a nine-game losing streak, look to get back in the win column when they welcome the Oklahoma City Thunder (8-11) to Amway Center. The games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 212 points with Oklahoma City opening as a 5.5-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, and it can be seen on Fox SportsNet Florida.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Magic Free Preview
The Thunder lost to the Dallas Mavericks in their last matchup, 97-81. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook put together a solid game, leading both teams in scoring with 28 points on 9-for-19 shooting. Dallas made 15 of their 35 three pointers (42.9 percent). Oklahoma City, on the other hand, did a great job of making free throws (10-13; 76.9 percent).
The last time the Magic played, they were beaten by the Indiana Pacers, 121-109. With 16 points and 12 rebounds, Nikola Vucevic had a good outing for Orlando. Indiana did a fantastic job of making free throws (22-26; 84.6 percent). Orlando, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (12.4 vs. 13.4).
Orlando might have trouble finding the bottom of the net as they face off against one of the NBA’s best defenses. Oklahoma City ranks third in defensive efficiency while the Magic rank 16th in offensive efficiency.
Of Oklahoma City’s 19 games, 13 have finished under the O/U total, while 11 of Orlando’s 21 games have finished over the projected point total. The Thunder have the superior straight up (SU) record (8-11 vs. 8-13), but the Magic hold the clear advantage against the spread (ATS) (9-11-1 vs. 7-11-1).
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Thunder, it’s been Westbrook, who has averaged 23.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 9.6 assists and 2.8 steals, while the Magic have gotten solid contributions from Vucevic (14.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals).
This is the first time these teams will meet this year, after splitting two games last season. In the last contest, the Thunder won 114-106. The Thunder played a nearly perfect game. They had a great turnover percentage of 8.8 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.8. For those same stats, the Magic were 11.4 and 19.3, respectively.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Magic Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Thunder, ATS Winner – Thunder, O/U – Under
- The Thunder average 13.5 second chance points per game, which ranks eighth in the league. The Magic rank 27th in second chance points allowed per game (14.1).
- Oklahoma City ranks 13th in rebounds allowed per game (43.1) while Orlando ranks 26th (46.6).
- Oklahoma City ranks first in steals per game (10.9) while Orlando ranks 19th in steals allowed per game (8.3).
- Oklahoma City is 2-8 ATS on the road, while Orlando is 3-5 ATS at home.
- The Thunder have 7 unders and 3 overs in 10 road games.
- Of the Magic’s 8 home games, they have 5 unders and 3 overs.
- When holding opponents below 100 points, Orlando is 5-1 and Oklahoma City is 7-4.
- In games where they reach 100 points, the Thunder are 7-4 and the Magic are 8-8.
- The Thunder average 14.0 fast break points per game, which ranks sixth in the NBA. The Magic rank 21st in fast break points allowed per game (12.1).
- Oklahoma City ranks second in points allowed in the paint per game (39.2) while Orlando ranks 28th (48.9).
- The Thunder rank seventh in assists allowed per game (20.9) while the Magic rank 29th (25.0).
- The Magic rank 11th in three pointers attempted per game (30.6) while the Thunder rank 14th in three pointers allowed per game (29.2).
- Oklahoma City ranks first in points off turnovers per game (21.4) while Orlando ranks 21st (15.7).
- Orlando is 1-4 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Oklahoma City is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
- The Magic’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 12.0, up from 3.7 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Thunder have scored an average of 99.0 points per game (3.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 101.0 points per game (2.9 above their season average).