Orlando Magic (23-21) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (16-27)
Orlando Magic vs. Memphis Grizzlies 1/26/24 – The Orlando Magic, with a solid 23-21 record, are set to face off against the struggling Memphis Grizzlies, standing at 16-27, in an intriguing NBA matchup. Scheduled for Friday, this game is poised to be a pivotal moment for both teams as they navigate the mid-season dynamics. The FedExForum will play host to this clash, with coverage on BSSE. Fans and bettors alike are eyeing this game closely, making it a significant day for NBA game day picks.
The Magic have made an impressive showing this season. Their 111.4 scoring average per game and 46.8% shooting efficiency from the field speak to their offensive capabilities, backed by their 46.8% field shooting efficiency rate. In road games against the spread they have excelled, posting 14-9 records that demonstrate they can cover even when facing difficult away challenges. Unfortunately their recent form has shown some variance with only 2-3 records in their last five matches and an erratic shooting efficiency (34.2% conversion rate per game for three pointers made).
Memphis Grizzlies have struggled this season, posting an overall record of 16-27 and falling behind their counterparts in terms of points per game (107.8) and field goal percentage (43.9%) compared to Orlando Magic (117). Their recent form has also been similar with both teams holding a 2-3 record over their last five outings and boasting an impressive defensive play as evidenced by an average of 6.3 blocks per game led by Jaren Jackson Jr.
Orlando Magic vs. Memphis Grizzlies 1/26/24 Game Info
|Friday, January 26, 2024 at 8:00 PM ET
|NBA League Pass
Paolo Banchero (PF) vs. Jaren Jackson Jr (PF)
Paolo Banchero has been a standout as a rookie, starting all 44 games this season while averaging 34.8 minutes per game. He leads the Magic with 22.5 points per contest on 46.8% shooting to go along with 7 rebounds and 4.8 assists. Banchero excels attacking the rim but does struggle with turnovers, coughing it up 3.2 times per game.
Jaren Jackson has also started every game he’s appeared in, playing 31.6 minutes a night. The versatile big man averages 21.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and an impressive 1.6 blocks for the Grizzlies. Jackson is a solid perimeter shooter for a big man but has fought foul trouble for much of the year, committing 3.5 personal fouls per game.
Both Banchero and Jackson are athletic frontcourt players capable of impacting the game on both ends. Banchero should be able to overpower the slender Jackson in the post, but Jackson’s shot blocking presents problems for the rookie. Their individual matchup could determine who comes out on top in this contest.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds for this matchup remain undefined, but considering the teams’ recent forms and standings, the Magic might emerge as slight favorites. However, bettors should wait for the official spread and moneyline to make more informed decisions.
Orlando Magic Betting Trends
The Magic are 2-3 in their last 5 games against the spread. They have a 14-9 against the spread record in road games this season. The totals have gone OVER in 2 of the Magic’s last 5 matchups. Orlando has also gone OVER the total in 9 of their 21 road games.
Memphis Grizzlies Betting Trends
The Grizzlies are 2-3 against the spread over their last 5 contests. Memphis has posted a 13-11 mark versus the spread in home games this season. The totals have gone OVER in just 2 of the Grizzlies’ previous 5 outings. In addition, 5 of Memphis’ last 19 games at FedExForum have gone OVER the posted total.
Orlando Magic vs. Memphis Grizzlies 1/26/24 Betting Picks
Considering both teams’ performances and key players, this game presents a tough call for bettors. The Magic’s stronger overall record and road performance against the spread give them a slight edge. However, the Grizzlies’ defensive capabilities, especially at home, cannot be overlooked.
For those looking for top handicapper insights, the key will be in the details of the game day conditions and any recent team developments. The over/under bet seems particularly intriguing, given the contrasting trends of both teams.
Free Pick and Prediction: Orlando Magic 108, Memphis Grizzlies 104.