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Denver NuggetsOrlando Magic
March 18, 7:00 PM | Amway Center

Denver Nuggets vs Orlando Magic Odds

41-27TEAM RECORD43-26

Orlando looks to cover the Magic-Nuggets pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 43-26 mark when they host Denver in NBA action.

The Magic bring a 43-26 record (29-38-2 ATS) to the battle against the 41-27 Nuggets, who are 34-31-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Orlando go 27-38-4 so far and the Nuggets go 34-33-1.

View Denver vs Orlando Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Nuggets are listed as 5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, with the total listed at 205.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Magic at No. 4 and the Nuggets at No. 8 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 107-106 result in favor of the Magic.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Orlando's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 100 PPG, against a Nuggets defense that ranks No. 21 at 103.6 PPG. The Magic field goal percentage has averaged 46.3% so far, less than the Nuggets shooters have achieved on the year, 47.7% per game.

Defensively, the Nuggets feature the league's No. 21-rated defense on the road, allowing 105.8 points per game. Orlando, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 in the league in scoring at home.

Denver won its last outing, a 102-87 result against the Hawks on March 16. The Nuggets covered in that game as a 2-point underdog, while the 189 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Denver got 20 points from Nene Hilario en route to a 102-87 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday at Philips Arena.

Last time out for Orlando, they were a 93-89 winner as they battled the Bucks on the road. The Magic failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point favorite, while 182 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Orlando got 31 points from Dwight Howard en route to a 93-89 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday at Bradley Center.

Denver Nuggets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Miami are 8-2
After playing Atlanta are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing Milwaukee are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

A few Nuggets at Magic trends to consider:
Denver is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver's last 5 games when playing on the road against Orlando
Orlando is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Orlando's last 8 games

Next up:
Denver at Miami, Saturday, March 19
Orlando at Cleveland, Monday, March 21

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