Free NBA Picks Today: Phoenix Suns vs Orlando Magic 3/16/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Phoenix Suns vs Orlando Magic 3/16/23
Thu 16th March 2023

The Orlando Magic (28-41, 12-22 Away) will try to overcome one of the league’s top scoring defenses when they head to face the Phoenix Suns (37-32, 22-12 Home) on Thursday.

Orlando was outplayed by the San Antonio Spurs 132-114 at AT&T Center on Tuesday. Paolo Banchero was a top performer in the losing effort with 27 points. The Magic are 13th in the Eastern Conference.

Phoenix lost their third in a row on Tuesday at Footprint Center, falling to the Milwaukee Bucks 116-104. Devin Booker had 30 points in the losing effort, carrying the team.

The Suns are fourth in the Western Conference.It’s the last meeting of the season between the teams. Orlando will be seeking a season sweep against Phoenix after winning the only earlier meeting 114-97 at Amway Center in November 2022.

Wendell Carter Jr. led the Magic with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Cameron Payne had 22 points in the loss. The Magic have been led this season by Banchero and Franz Wagner, who are averaging 20.1 and 18.7 points per game, respectively. Banchero also has grabbed 6.6 rebounds per game.

Meanwhile, Cole Anthony is dishing 4.0 assists per game. Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges have been the primary providers of the Suns’ offense, averaging 18.0 and 17.2 points per game, respectively. Ayton also has pulled down 10.0 rebounds per game, eighth-most in the league, while Bridges has tallied 3.6 assists per game.

Holding opponents to 111.4 points per game, the Suns are one of the top scoring defenses in the league (4th). The teams have split their last 10 meetings at Footprint Center (5-5).

In the last 10 games, Orlando is 4-6 with an average margin of -4.1 (115.7-119.8). Phoenix has split the last 10 (5-5), scoring 115.9 points per game on average while holding opponents to 112.4 (+3.5 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Bol Bol: 11.2 | 16.2 | -5.0
Points per game:
Wendell Carter Jr.: 21.5 | 15.3 | +6.2


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Torrey Craig: 9.4 | 14.5 | -5.1
Points per game:
Kevin Durant: 37.0 | 29.5 | +7.5
Cameron Payne: 8.2 | 11.0 | -2.8
Rebounds per game:
Torrey Craig: 4.0 | 5.6 | -1.6

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Phoenix Suns -7.5 (-115)

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