Nets vs Magic: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – March 19, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on March 19, 2021 - Last Updated on March 29, 2021

The Brooklyn Nets (28-13) visit the Orlando Magic (13-27) as heavy, 10.5-point favorites after James Harden put up 40 points in the Nets’ 124-115 victory over the Pacers. The game airs on FS-FL at 8:00 PM ET on Friday, March 19, 2021. The matchup’s over/under is 224.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from FanDuel sportsbook as of March 19, 2021, 12:05 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Nets vs Magic Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of March 19

Nets:
Kevin Durant: Out (Hamstring),
Blake Griffin: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Spencer Dinwiddie: Out For Season (ACL),
Kyrie Irving: Day To Day (Groin)

Magic:
Jonathan Isaac: Out For Season (Knee),
James Ennis III: Day To Day (Calf),
Cole Anthony: Out (Rib),
Markelle Fultz: Out For Season (Knee),
Terrence Ross: Day To Day (Knee),
Michael Carter-Williams: Day To Day (Illness)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Magic (+10.5)
Total Pick Over (224)
Prediction Nets 117, Magic 108

The spread for this game suggested by the model (8.9 points) is a little tighter than the 10.5-point edge FanDuel gives to the Nets, though the data still has them as the favorite.

The model projects a total 1.7 points higher than the one set by FanDuel for this matchup.

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Nets Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Kevin Durant 19 29.0 7.3 5.2 0.7 1.4 2.6
Kyrie Irving 29 27.6 4.7 5.8 1.1 0.6 2.9
James Harden 35 25.5 8.2 11.2 1.2 0.8 3.0
Joe Harris 41 14.7 3.5 1.7 0.6 0.2 3.4
Blake Griffin 20 12.3 5.2 3.9 0.8 0.2 2.0

Nets Player Props

  • Harden’s PRA prop over/under for the game is set at 44.5, 0.4 less than his season average of 44.9.
  • Joe Harris’ three pointers made prop over/under for the game is set at 2.5, 0.9 shots less than his season average of 3.4.
  • Nicolas Claxton’s blocks prop total for the contest is set at 0.5, 1.1 blocks lower than his season average of 1.6.

Magic Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Nikola Vucevic 40 24.8 11.7 3.8 1.0 0.6 2.7
Evan Fournier 22 18.7 3.0 3.8 1.1 0.4 2.5
Terrence Ross 36 16.0 3.6 2.3 1.1 0.5 2.3
Aaron Gordon 21 13.7 6.9 4.1 0.7 0.8 1.5
Markelle Fultz 8 12.9 3.1 5.4 0.9 0.3 0.5

Magic Player Props

  • Nikola Vucevic’s rebounding prop over/under for the game is posted at 18.5 rebounds, 6.8 rebounds higher than his season average of 11.7.
  • Vucevic’s three pointers made prop total for the game is set at 3.5, 0.8 shots greater than his season average of 2.7.
  • Terrence Ross’ steals prop total for the game is set at 0.5, 0.6 steals lower than his season average of 1.1.

Shooting Trends

  • The Nets make 50.1% of their shots from the field this season, which is 3.3 percentage points higher than the Magic have allowed to their opponents (46.8%).
  • In games Brooklyn shoots better than 46.8% from the field, it is 18-13 against the spread and 24-7 overall.
  • Orlando’s record is 15-15 against the spread and 11-19 overall when its opponents make more than 50.1% of their shots from the field.
  • The Magic’s 43% shooting percentage from the field this season is 3.5 percentage points lower than the Nets have allowed to their opponents (46.5%).
  • This season, Orlando has a 9-0 record against the spread and an 8-1 record overall in games the team collectively shoots over 46.5% from the field.
  • Brooklyn is 7-4 against the spread and 9-2 overall in games it allows opponents to shoot over 43% from the field.
  • The Nets’ 40.3% three-point shooting percentage this season is 3.5 percentage points higher than opponents of the Magic have shot from beyond the arc (36.8%).
  • Brooklyn has an 18-8 record against the spread and a 22-4 record overall when the team connects on more than 36.8% of its three-point shots.
  • Orlando is 16-11 against the spread while putting up an 11-16 straight-up record when its opponents shoot above 40.3% from three-point distance.
  • The Magic are knocking down 35.3% of their shots from three-point distance, which is only 0.8 percentage points fewer than the 36.1% the Nets’ opponents are averaging on the season.
  • Orlando is 11-7 against the spread and 7-11 overall when shooting above 36.1% as a team from three-point range.
  • Brooklyn has an 11-7 ATS record and a 14-4 straight-up record this season when it makes more than 35.3% of its three-point attempts.
  • The Nets’ 15 made three-pointers per game this season is 3.2 more made shots on average than the 11.8 per game the Magic give up.
  • Brooklyn is 15-11 against the spread and 18-8 overall when it connects on more three-pointers than its opponents, while Orlando is 8-16 ATS and 5-19 straight up in games when it is out-shot from distance.
  • The Magic rank 22nd in the NBA in made three-pointers, while the Nets allow the 16th-fewest made threes in the league.

Nets vs Magic Stat Rankings

Nets Rank Nets AVG Magic AVG Magic Rank
1st 120.6 Points Scored 104.3 29th
26th 115.3 Points Allowed 111.2 12th
16th 44.1 Rebounds 46.7 8th
24th 8.6 Off. Rebounds 10.6 7th
4th 15 3pt Made 11.8 22nd
4th 26.9 Assists 22.6 26th
21st 14 Turnovers 12.8 7th

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