Game Time: 7:30 pm ET, Friday, April 7, 2023
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Where to Watch: YES
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Magic +11, Nets -11; Over/Under: 217 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Magic +11, Nets -11; Over/Under: 217 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Magic +11.5, Nets -11.5; Over/Under: 216.5 points
Orlando Magic: 34-45 (3rd place, Southeast Division)
Brooklyn Nets: 44-36 (4th place, Atlantic Division)
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Orlando Magic: 6-4 last 10
Brooklyn Nets: 5-5 last 10
Orlando Magic vs Brooklyn Nets Preview and Analysis
The Magic are coming into this game with a 34-45 record overall and they are 14-25 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They still have a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday which needs to be played first as this is the 2nd leg of a back-to-back for them on Friday. They are entering this game off of a loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their last game. Markelle Fultz led the team in points in that game with 23 while Paolo Banchero was next on the team with 20 points. Markelle Fultz led the team in assists in that game with 8 while Wendell Carter, Jr. led the team in rebounds with 12. They were 50.6% from the field, 43.5% from 3-point range, and 76.5% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 112 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 114 PPG against them. The Magic have an ATS record of 45-32-2 this season and their O/U record is 39-38-2.
The Nets are coming into this game with a 44-36 record overall and they are 22-17 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They are entering this game off of a win against the Detroit Pistons in their last game. Mikal Bridges led the team in points in that game with 26 while Nic Claxton was next on the team with 19 points. Spencer Dinwiddie led the team in assists in that game with 16 while Royce O'Neale, Nic Claxton, and Day'Ron Sharpe each led the team in rebounds with 7. They were 52.3% from the field, 39.5% from 3-point range, and 69.6% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 113.6 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 112.6 PPG against them. The Nets have an ATS record of 41-38-1 this season and their O/U record is 36-43-1.
Magic vs Nets Prediction
The current betting odds have the Nets listed as a 11.5 point favorite in this game according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Nets have been having a good season with their 44-36 record overall even though most of those wins were achieved with a very different team than what they have now. They have also been good in their home games with a 22-17 home record and they will have some momentum here from a win in their last game. The Magic haven't been great this season with their 34-45 record overall and even though they have been improving a lot from where they were last season, they still haven't been good in their road games with a 14-25 road record this year. They also lost their last game played and they are on a back-to-back here with nothing left to play for this season while the Nets are going to be in the playoffs but still have to fight to keep their playoff spot and avoid the play-in games. The Nets are in a better situation to win this game at home and they will be more motivated to win here as they need this game. The best way to place a bet here is on the Nets to cover the spread in this game.
Magic Nets Prediction: Our NBA Pick for Friday, April 7, 2023 (7:30 pm ET start time) is Nets 121 Magic 106.
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NBA Betting Trends
Orlando Magic: 25-13 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 22-15 ATS in road games. 12-4 UNDER against Atlantic division opponents.
Brooklyn Nets: 34-57 ATS as a home favorite. 15-7 UNDER as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 26-16 UNDER after 1 or more consecutive wins.
Orlando Magic: A. Schofield (PF) Ques Thurs - Ankle. J. Isaac (PF) out for season - Groin.
Brooklyn Nets: D. Finney-Smith (SF) Ques Fri - Wrist. B. Simmons (SG) out for season - Back.
“Donovan got some clutch baskets down the stretch. They just executed down the stretch. They’re a great team. They’re the fourth seed and they came in trying to clinch that, and we came up short in the end.” - Markelle Fultz after their loss against the Cavaliers in their game on Tuesday.
“We took a punch in the third, but I thought we really responded. We had every guy doing whatever they could to try to contribute to a win.” - Jacque Vaughn after his team’s win against the Pistons in their game on Wednesday.
PG Markelle Fultz
SG Gary Harris
SF Franz Wagner
PF Paolo Banchero
C Wendell Carter Jr.
PG Spencer Dinwiddie
SG Mikal Bridges
SF Cameron Johnson
PF Dorian Finney-Smith
C Nic Claxton
PPG: P. Banchero (20)
APG: M. Fultz (5.8)
Reb/G: W. Carter Jr. (8.8)
PPG: M. Bridges (20.4)
APG: S. Dinwiddie (6.4)
Reb/G: N. Claxton (9.2)
Orlando Magic: Jamahl Mosley (2nd season)
Brooklyn Nets: Jacque Vaughn (1st season)