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Oklahoma City Thunder Favored to Win Inter-Conference Matchup Against Orlando Magic
The Oklahoma City Thunder will face off against the Orlando Magic in an inter-conference game on Tuesday night. The Thunder, currently tied with the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets for the top spot in the Western Conference, have a record of 36-17. The Magic, on the other hand, have had a successful season with a record of 29-24. The game will begin at 7:30 PM EST, and Oklahoma City is favored to win with a betting line of -3, which has remained unchanged.
- Moneyline: Thunder -138 | Magic +115
- Spread: Thunder -3 (-110) | Magic +3 (-110)
- Total: Over/Under 226.5 (-110)
- Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that Oklahoma City will win straight-up is 58%.
Oklahoma City vs Orlando Stats
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder will face off against the Orlando Magic in an anticipated matchup between two promising NBA franchises. The Thunder currently hold a record of 36-17 and have been victorious in six of their last ten games. In their previous game, they defeated the Sacramento Kings 127-123 on Super Bowl Sunday, recording their first win against the Kings in three attempts this season. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the standout performer with 38 points, while Jalen Williams contributed 32 points along with nine assists and eight rebounds. Kings coach Mike Brown praised Gilgeous-Alexander's performance, stating that he played like an MVP candidate. Despite their recent success, the Kings are in a fierce competition for the top seed in the Western Conference and have showcased their offensive prowess by ranking fifth in the league for scoring offense this season. The Thunder, on the other hand, currently rank 11th in 3-point field goals per game and 13th in scoring defense. They excel in field goal defense, ranking third in the league but falter in 3-point defense, placing in 13th position. Moreover, their rebounding capabilities are lacking, positioning them 28th in the NBA for total rebounds per game. In contrast, the Kings display good ball control, ranking fourth in fewest turnovers per game. It should be noted that Sasah Vezenkov is injured. For more NBA picks, visit the provided link. The Oklahoma City Thunder possess a power ranking of 7 and rank 5th in offense, scoring an average of 120.58 points per game. Their defense ranks 13th, allowing an average of 113.65 points per game. With a record of 36-17 (32-20-1 ATS) this season, the Thunder exhibit an efficient offense by hitting 49.85% of their field goals (ranking 3rd), 83.03% of their free throws (ranking 1st), and 39.11% of their three-pointers (ranking 3rd in the NBA). However, their rebounding performance is lacking, with an average of 41.37 rebounds per game (ranking 27th). Additionally, they average 27.19 offensive assists and 11.65 turnovers per game (ranking 10th and 2nd respectively). Defensively, the Thunder allow opponents to make 45.22% of their field goals (ranking 3rd) and
Orlando Magic Analysis
The Orlando Magic are currently in a successful rebuilding phase and have a record of 29-24. They recently won a game against the Bulls with a score of 114-108 in overtime. Franz Wagner scored 36 points, his second consecutive game with over 30 points. Cole Anthony contributed with 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, and Paolo Banchero had a strong performance with 19 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds. The Magic have beaten the Bulls in all three meetings this season. Coach Jamahl Mosley praised the team's performance, particularly highlighting the efforts of players who hadn't played many minutes before.
Despite being a young squad, the Orlando Magic have exceeded expectations this season and currently hold the 12th power ranking in the league. They rank 25th in scoring offense, scoring an average of 111.58 points per game. In terms of shooting, they rank 20th in field goal shooting and 29th in 3-point shooting. Their 3-point field goals per game are the lowest in the NBA. Defensively, they are ranked fourth in scoring defense, allowing an average of 110.75 points per game. They are 19th in field goal defense and eighth in 3-point defense. The Magic excel in rebounding, ranking 10th in total rebounds per game. However, their turnover per game statistics are lacking, as they are ranked 24th in the league.
There are no reported injuries for the Orlando Magic.
that’s a win that’s a dub pic.twitter.com/HJbYYxogjH— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) February 11, 2024
Thunder's Balanced Team and Stellar Defense Make Them Frontrunners Against Struggling Magic
The Thunder enters this matchup boasting a highly balanced team, positioning them favorably among the most well-rounded NBA teams. With an esteemed rank of fifth in scoring offense, they exhibit an exceptional ability to put points on the board. Additionally, their extraordinary performance on the defensive end is undeniable, placing them at a commanding third in field goal defense within the league. Conversely, the Magic heavily rely on their defensive tactics to remain competitive but struggle in several offensive aspects. Their poor standing in offensive categories such as points per game, three-point shooting, and three-point field goals per game substantiate this. Comparatively, the Thunder boasts a commendable record in field goal defense, asserting their place among the top ten, while also being a laudable 13th in 3-point defense. Moreover, their proficiency in ball protection is evidenced by their remarkable fourth place in fewest turnovers per game throughout the league. Given the Magic's recent underperformance, I predict a convincing victory for the Thunder. Thus, I recommend betting on the Thunder for this encounter.
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