The Orlando Magic will look to build on their stunning win on Wednesday night when they take on Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. With the Clippers playing well and looking to extend their own winning ways and the Magic looking for their second straight upset over a L.A. based team, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their NBA odds.
Magic vs Clippers 2020 NBA Spread, Game Info & Expert Pick
- When: Thursday January 16, 2020, 10:30 PM ET
- Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
- TV: FS Florida, FS West, NBA TV Canada
- Radio: Orlando / Los Angeles
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Odds: LA Clippers -11.5 / Total: 215.5
Why Bet On Orlando?
The Magic are playing their best basketball of the season in winning two straight and six of their last eight games including a stunning 119-118 upset of LeBron James and the Lakers on Wednesday night. Orlando got a monster game from point guard Markelle Fultz, the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Fultz put up 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double. His 11 board were a career-high.
“Just being aggressive,” Fultz said afterward. “We were down a couple guys so I had to be aggressive. When I get a chance for a bucket, I go get a bucket. When I see my teammate open, I try to get them the ball. That’s what happened.”
The Magic got the win despite being without veteran pint guards, D.J. Augustin and Michael Carter-Williams and veteran shooting guard Evan Fournier. Orlando ranks a pitiful 29t in scoring (104.1 ppg), but a stellar first in points allowed (103.9 ppg). The Magic have gone 7-13 SU and 11-8-1 ATS on the road this season.
- Average Score For: 104.12
- Field Goals: 43.29%
- Three Points: 33.36%
- Free Throws: 77.24%
- Rebounds: 45.22
- Average Score Against: 103.85
- Field Goals: 45.04%
- Three Points: 35.38%
- Free Throws: 75.45%
- Rebounds: 46.32
Why Bet On the LA Clippers?
The Clippers have won three of their last four games and five of their last seven games overall including an emphatic 128-103 win over the Cleveland on Tuesday. All-star forward Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 43 points in three quarters for his second 40-point effort of the season while reigning Sixth man of the Year Lou Williams added 24 points in the win. Following the win, Leonard preached patience to his teammates as they play the long game in hopes of winning it all this season.
“We just can’t be in a rush,” Leonard told reporters. “That’s what I’m (telling them). Just be patient. It’s hard to win a championship. The pressure isn’t even on us now. Just enjoy the process and have fun.”
The Clippers rank 14th in points allowed (109.5 ppg) and a stellar fourth in scoring (115.6 ppg). Los Angeles has gone 18-4 SU and 13-9 ATS at home this season.
- Average Score For: 115.63
- Field Goals: 46.38%
- Three Points: 35.82%
- Free Throws: 78.65%
- Rebounds: 48.07
- Average Score Against: 109.46
- Field Goals: 43.83%
- Three Points: 34.47%
- Free Throws: 76.89%
- Rebounds: 45.20
NBA Betting Trends for Magic vs Clippers
- Magic are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 games
- Magic are 4-1 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went UNDER in 9 of Orlando’s last 12 games
- Clippers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 games
- Clippers are 5-2 SU in the last 7 games
- The total went OVER in 10 of the Clippers’ last 15 games
Magic vs Clippers Expert Analysis and Prediction
Orlando might be playing very well right now, but Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers are definitely going to be focused after watching the Magic stun the Lakers on Wednesday night. Still, I think Orlando is going to continue to play at a high level in order to narrowly cover the chalk as a double-digit road dog in this one.
The Magic have gone a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. Conversely, the Clippers are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win. While Orlando has gone 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings, the Magic are also an encouraging 7-3-1 ATS in the last 11 road dates against the Clips.
Pick: LA Clippers 118 Orlando 111