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Magic visit Pelicans in NBA clash

Orlando MagicNew Orleans Pelicans
12-32January 26, 2014, 06:00 | New Orleans Arena17-25

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Magic travelling to New Orleans Sunday to face the Pelicans on Sunday.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Pelicans currently sport a record of 17-25, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 18-22-2 ATS. The Magic are 12-32 and 19-24-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Pelicans post a 22-20 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Magic have gone 20-24 against the number.

View Orlando Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans Odds and Stats.

Those backing the visitors in this one found the Magic listed as 7-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 198 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

The Pelicans - Magic odds would favor the Pelicans if the lines were set according to power ranks. New Orleans is rated No. 23 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Magic sit at No. 25. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 91-88 win for the Pelicans.

Orlando won its last outing, a 114-105 result against the Lakers on January 24. The Magic covered in that game as a 2.5-point favorite, while the 219 combined points took the game OVER the total. Orlando got 28 points and 20 rebounds from Tobias Harris en route to a 114-105 victory over Los Angeles on Friday at Amway Center.

New Orleans was a 103-101 winner in its last match on the road against the Pistons. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 204 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Pelicans grabbed a 103-101 win over the Pistons on Friday, behind a 21-point effort from Anthony Morrow at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New Orleans's No. 15-ranked offense, averaging 100.79 PPG, against a Magic defense that ranks No. 21 at 102.2 PPG. The Pelicans field goal percentage has averaged 45.56% so far, more than the Magic shooters have achieved on the year, 44.27% per game.

A few Magic at Pelicans trends to consider:
Orlando is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Orlando is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
Orlando is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 6 games
New Orleans is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
New Orleans is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans's last 6 games
New Orleans is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Orlando at Detroit, Tuesday, January 28th
New Orleans at Cleveland, Tuesday, January 28th