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New Orleans Pelicans at Orlando Magic odds, picks and best bets

Marcus Mosher
Sportsbook Wire

The New Orleans Pelicans (30-41) will take on the Orlando Magic (32-40) Thursday at the Visa Athletic Center for a 9 p.m. ET tip-off. We analyze the Pelicans-Magic NBA betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets.

Pelicans vs. Magic: Key injuries

Pelicans:

  • PG Jrue Holiday (elbow) out
  • SF Brandon Ingram (knee) out
  • SG Josh Hart (knee) questionable
  • PF Zion Williamson (knee) out

Magic:

  • SG Terrence Ross (medical) out
  • PG Michael Carter-Williams (foot) out
  • SG Evan Fournier (illness) out
  • PF Aaron Gordon (hamstring) out

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Pelicans vs. Magic:Odds, lines, picks and betting tips

NBA odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Odds last updated at 1:45 p.m. ET.

Prediction

Magic 117, Pelicans 111

Moneyline (ML)

The MAGIC (-176) are slight moneyline favorites over the Pelicans (+145) on Thursday night. This is the final game for each team in the regular season, and both sides are missing several key starters. It's worth noting that both of these teams have struggled as of late, going a combined 2-10 in their last 12 games. But the Magic have slightly more depth and appear to be the better bet here on Thursday night.

Line/Against the Spread (ATS)

The MAGIC (-4, -110) open this contest as two-basket favorites over the Pelicans on Thursday night. Both teams have been downright awful against the spread in the NBA bubble, going a combined 3-9 in their last 12 games. But with each of them having significant injury concerns as they are resting most of their starters. If you must pick a side, take the Magic to cover the spread. However, realize that this game could go either way with the lack of talent on the floor.

Over/Under (O/U)

The total for this final game of the regular season for each side is set at 228.5. When their roster is healthy, Orlando has one of the best defenses in the NBA, allowing only 108 points per game. But with several of their best defenders out, look for the scoring to be high in this one. Take the OVER in this Pelicans-Magic matchup on Thursday night.

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