A pair of Eastern Conference teams take the floor in the Sunshine State looking to pick up a win. The Indiana Pacers are on the road as they travel to face the Orlando Magic Friday night. Indiana got back in the win column as they took down Chicago 96-90 at home Tuesday night. Orlando was defeated 124-118 in overtime by the Nuggets on Wednesday night at home. The Pacers lead the all-time regular season series 60-46 and have reeled off seven straight victories. That includes all three matchups last season, including a 114-112 home win in the most recent matchup January 27.
Indiana Pacers Trying to Gain Ground in Central Division
Indiana bounced back from back to back losses as they downed the Bulls at home. The Pacers have had two days off to recover for this one. Indiana led by two after one and trailed by two at the half before outscoring Chicago 53-45 in the second half to pick up the victory. The Pacers shot 46.1 percent from the field and went six of 22 from three-point range in the contest. Indiana overcame 18 turnovers in the game by holding Chicago to 39.4 percent shooting from the field and forced 19 turnovers. Darren Collison led the way for the Pacers with 23 points and eight rebounds in the win. Indiana is 5-7-1 ATS on the road this season while the over is 8-5 in those contests.
The Pacers are 26th in the league in scoring with 105.8 points a night. Indiana is 24th in the league in rebounding by collecting 42.3 boards per game. The Pacers are 12th in assists with 24.4 per game but have been solid defensively this season. Indiana is 1st in the league in scoring defense, allowing 102.1 points per game. Victor Oladipo leads the Pacers with 21.4 points plus 6.6 rebounds and 1.56 steals per contest. Myles Turner averages 11.6 points plus 6.2 rebounds and 2.74 blocks per game. Darren Collison, Thaddeus Young (9.9 points, five rebounds), Domantas Sabonis (14.3 points, 10.1 rebounds) and Bojan Bogdanovic (15.9 points) are contributing offensively. The Pacers also rely on Tyreke Evans (10.6 points), Doug McDermott, Cory Joseph and Kyle O’Quinn in their rotation in order to have success. Indiana is tied for 5th in the league by shooting 47.7 percent from the field. The Pacers are tied for 28th with 9.3 threes per game. Indiana stands 5th in the league as they’re knocking down 37.6 percent from beyond the arc. Oladipo (knee) is out indefinitely with a knee sprain
Orlando Magic Seeks to Return to .500
Orlando took the Nuggets to the limit but ended up on the short end of the stick in overtime. The Magic dropped under .500 on the season but own a half-game lead over the Hornets in the Southeast Division race. Orlando battled all the way to the end but gave up a 6-0 run in overtime that put them in a seven-point hole: they couldn’t get closer than three the rest of the way. The Magic shot 47.4 percent from the field and drilled 20 of 49 three-point attempts. Free throw disparity proved critical as the Nuggets were 23 of 37 while the Magic was eight of eight. Evan Fournier led the team with 26 points and eight boards in the loss. The Magic is 6-7 ATS at home this season while the under is 8-5 in those contests.
The Magic has been below average this season putting the ball in the basket: they are 25th in the league with 106.3 points per game. Orlando stands 25th on the glass with 42.2 boards per contest and is 6th with 26.2 assists a night. The Magic is 8th in scoring defense as they allow 108 points a game. Evan Fournier is third on the team with 15.3 points per contest. Nikola Vucevic (team-high 21 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists), Aaron Gordon (16.4 points, 7.4 rebounds) and Terrence Ross (14.6 points) are all averaging in double figures this season. Jonathon Simmons, D.J. Augustin (10.5 points, 5.4 assists), Jarell Martin, Mo Bamba, Wesley Iwundu, Johnathan Isaac and Jerian Grant are all important pieces of the rotation for Steve Clifford. The Magic is 19th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.5 percent as a team. Orlando is 10th with 11.4 made threes per game while the team is 11th in three point percentage as they shoot 35.8 percent from downtown. Timofey Mozgov is out indefinitely with a knee injury.
- Magic are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Friday games
- Magic are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Central Division opponents
- Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest
- Pacers are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games following an ATS los