The NBA is giving us an eight-game slate on Saturday, March 18, and this inter-conference duel is one of them, so feel free to get the best Magic vs. Clippers betting pick and odds.
Los Angeles is looking for the fifth consecutive victory when they host Orlando at Crypto.com Arena. The Clippers are -7.5 favorites on BetUS Sportsbook, while the total is set at 227 points. These inter-conference rivals will meet for the second time this season; the Magic won 116-111 in Orlando.
Magic fell short of the Suns in Phoenix
The Orlando Magic (28-42, 37-32-1 ATS) are not playing well lately; they lost five of the previous six games and opened a four-game road trip with a pair of defeats to the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns. The Magic displayed a disappointing performance in San Antonio, and although played better against the Suns, they lost 116-113. Phoenix made 13 three-pointers opposite Orlando’s eight, while the Magic committed 17 turnovers and forced 14 on the other end.
Markelle Fultz led the Magic with a game-high 25 points, game-high nine assists, seven rebounds, and two steals. Paolo Banchero added 18 points, eight boards, and two thefts, Cole Anthony scored 17 points with five rebounds, Wendell Carter Jr. had 16 points with five boards, and Franz Wagner recorded a double-double of 16 points and game-high ten rebounds.
PF Jonathan Isaac (hamstring) is out for the season and PG Jalen Suggs (concussion) will not be ready to play in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Clippers beat the Warriors at home
The Los Angeles Clippers (37-33, 35-35-0 ATS) bounced back from a five-game losing skid with four straight victories, all four at home. The Clippers will conclude their five-game homestay with this game against Orlando, after which they will visit Portland and then will return for a four-game home stand. Los Angeles defeated the divisional foes Golden State Warriors 134-126 in the latest win, even though the visitors shot 55.7% from the floor. The Clips did make 26 free throws opposite Golden State’s 11 and forced 16 turnovers while committing eight in return.
Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 30 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Paul George chipped in 24 points and game-high seven dishes, Ivica Zubac registered a double-double of 19 points and game-high 16 boards, Terance Mann scored 17 with four rebounds, Eric Gordon added 16 points, while Russell Westbrook posted a 15/9/7/2 line.
SF Norman Powell (shoulder) is out indefinitely and will not play against the Magic on Saturday.
- 3-7 ATS in the last ten games overall
- 0-6 ATS in the last six games following an ATS win
- 1-4 ATS in the last five Saturday games
- 4-1 ATS in the last five games overall
- 4-0 ATS in the last four games vs. a team with a losing straight-up record
- 5-1 ATS in the last six Saturday games
Orlando Magic vs. Los Angeles Clippers Pick
The Clippers are better in pretty much every segment, but their advantage in those departments is not big. Los Angeles scores 112.8 points per game opposite Orlando’s 111.6 points per contest, while the Clippers allow 112.7 ppg opposite the Magic’s 114.6 ppg. The Clippers are playing very well at home at the moment; they beat Golden State, New York, Toronto, and Memphis, all playoff contenders, so I don’t think they will have problems with Orlando on Saturday. The tandem of Leonard-George helped by Westbrook will be too much for the visitors to handle.
Pick: Take the Clippers at -7.5 (-110)
Although the Clippers are not even among the top 20 teams in the NBA when it comes to points per game, I am backing them to be efficient against Orlando. The Magic allowed 114+ points in each of their previous six games, and I think the hosts can score at least 115 here. Orlando, on the other hand, has been playing well on offense recently, scoring 113+ in each of the last eight games. Over is 6-0 in the Magic’s last six overall and Over is 6-1 in the Clippers’ previous seven games after scoring more than 125 points in their last game.
Pick: Go Over 224.5 points (-133)