Sacramento Kings vs Orlando Magic

 

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The Sacramento Kings are in last place in the Pacific Division at 6-10 and have had each of their last two games versus the Memphis Grizzlies postponed. Sacramento defeated the New York Knicks 103-94 in their most recent game last Friday. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for Sacramento but the losses are mounting and the Kings are already 7 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Lakers. Defense has been Sacramento’s biggest problem.

Orlando is in second place in the Southeast Division just one game behind the first-place Atlanta Hawks even though the Magic are just 8-10. The Southeast Division has just one team at .500. Orlando defeated the Charlotte Hornets 117-108 on Monday snapping a two-game losing streak but the Magic have lost eight of their last 10, which dates back to the game Orlando lost Markelle Fultz to a season-ending ACL tear.

Sacramento’s defense needs to step up

The Sacramento Kings are next to last or 28th in the NBA in points allowed at 121.2 points per game. Sacramento is allowing opponents to shoot 49.4% overall and 39.9% from long distance. The Kings are averaging 6.4 steals and 5.7 block shots per contest led by De’Aaron Fox with an average of 1.4 steals per game and Richaun Holmes with an average of 1.7 blocked shots per game.

Sacramento is averaging 112.4 points per game led by Fox with an average of 20.9 points per game. The kings are pulling down an average of 42.9 rebounds per game with 33.2 on the defensive end and 9.8 off the offensive glass. Marvin Bagley III is the leading rebounder for Sacramento with an average of 8.0 boards per contest. The leader in assists is Fox with an average of 5.9 per game out of the 24.9 assists per game the Kings average as a team. With an average of 12.9 turnovers per game, Sacramento has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.9 which is in the top five of the NBA.

Injury Report: DaQuan Jeffries is out indefinitely, while Jahmi’us Ramsey and Hassan Whiteside are questionable for Wednesday.

Orlando needs scoring help

The Orlando Magic are averaging 105.5 points per game which is 28th in the NBA. As a team, the Magic are shooting just 43.2% overall and 34.8% from long distance. Nikola Vucevic is the leading scorer with an average of 23.5 points per game and is shooting 48.7% overall. Aaron Gordon is leading Orlando in assists with an average of 4.4 per game and the Magic as a team are averaging 22.4 per game. Orlando’s assist-to-turnover ratio is 1.8 as the Magic are averaging 12.6 miscues per contest.

Vucevic is the leading rebounder for Orlando with an average of 11.1 boards per contest and as a team, the Magic are averaging 46.6 rebounds per contest with 34.9 on the defensive glass and 11.7 on the offensive glass. The leader in steals is Vucevic what’s an average of 1.2 per game and Orlando averages 7.3 as a team. Gordon is the leader in blocked shots with an average of 1.0 per game and Orlando is averaging 3.6 blocks per game as a team.

Injury Report: Al-Farouq Aminu, Michael Carter-Williams and Chuma Okele are out indefinitely while Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac are both out for the season.

The Bottom Line
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Sacramento defeated the New York Knicks by 9 points in their most recent game covering the spread as 3.5-point favorites. The Kings have had success playing head-to-head against Orlando covering the spread in five of the last seven against the Magic. Orlando will have a hard time keeping pace with Sacramento as the Magic are averaging just 105.5 points per game, while Sacramento scores an average of 112.4 points per game. The up-tempo game of the Kings led by De’Aaron Fox will wear down the Magic defense and lead to a win for the Kings.

Prediction:
Sacramento Kings +1

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Sacramento is 28th in the NBA in points allowed at 121.2 points per game and the Kings have a scoring average of 112.4 points per game which leads to many game totals finishing over. The total has finished over in 7 of Sacramento’s last 10 games overall and in seven of the last nine games that Sacramento has played against a team from the Eastern Conference.

Prediction:
OVER 221.5