Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Clippers vs Orlando Magic 3/18/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Los Angeles Clippers vs Orlando Magic 3/18/23
Sat 18th March 2023

The Los Angeles Clippers (37-33, 19-15 Home) will be out to extend their winning run when they welcome the Orlando Magic (28-42, 12-23 Away) on Saturday.

Orlando was edged out by the Phoenix Suns 116-113 at Footprint Center on Thursday. With 25 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds, Markelle Fultz had a standout performance in the losing effort. The Magic are 13th in the Eastern Conference.

Los Angeles won their fourth in a row on Wednesday at Arena, beating the Golden State Warriors 134-126. Kawhi Leonard had 30 points and eight rebounds, carrying the team. The Clippers are the fifth seed in the Western Conference.

It’s the final meeting of the season between the teams. Orlando will be pursuing a season sweep against Los Angeles after earning the win in the only previous meeting 116-111 in overtime at Amway Center in December 2022. Paolo Banchero led the Magic with 23 points, while Moritz Wagner contributed 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Terance Mann had 19 points and nine rebounds in the loss. Banchero and Franz Wagner, averaging 20.1 and 18.7 points per game, respectively, are leading the Magic in scoring this season. Banchero also has grabbed 6.7 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Fultz is dishing 5.6 assists per game.

Paul George (23.7 ppg) has been the primary provider for the Clips on offense. George also has doled out 5.2 assists per game. Ivica Zubac has pulled down 10.1 rebounds per game.

The Magic have had minimal success at Arena in recent seasons, losing eight of the last 10 visits. Los Angeles has won four in a row at home this season.

In the last 10 games, Orlando is 3-7 with an average margin of -4.6 (116.2-120.8). For the season, the Magic are averaging 111.6 points per game, compared to 114.6 for opponents.

Los Angeles has split the last 10 (5-5), allowing 121.8 points per game on average while scoring only 121.7 (-0.1 margin). The Clippers are averaging 112.8 ppg for the full season while allowing 112.7.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Bol Bol: 9.2 | 16.1 | -6.9
Points per game:
Markelle Fultz: 18.2 | 13.8 | +4.4
Assists per game:
Cole Anthony: 2.6 | 4.0 | -1.4


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Kawhi Leonard: 43.8 | 33.2 | +10.5
Marcus Morris Sr.: 9.3 | 17.3 | -8.1
Points per game:
Kawhi Leonard: 31.5 | 23.2 | +8.3
Rebounds per game:
Kawhi Leonard: 8.5 | 6.2 | +2.3
Mason Plumlee: 6.2 | 9.4 | -3.2

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

LA Clippers -6.5 (-115)

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