The Orlando Magic just simply have issues on offense where they rank 27 in the league in scoring at 103 PPG. This will be the team’s 6th straight road game where they have compiled a dismal record of 1-4 over the first 5 with the only win coming against a very bad Chicago team in Chicago. Nikola Vucevic leads the team in scoring and rebounds with 20.2 PPG and 12.1 RPG. Simply put, they just don’t have enough scorers on the floor to put up numbers. If there’s any good news to be had, it would be that the slow pace of play and a decent defense has held opponents to right at 112 PPG, which is slightly below the league average.
After a strong season and playoff run in 2017-2018, the Utah Jazz have been a bit disappointing. Erratic play has been the culprit all season long. The team will be glad to return home after a 4-game road trip that saw them finish 2-2 with the two losses coming at the hands of Milwaukee and Toronto, two of the best home teams in the NBA. Second-year guard Donovan Mitchell leads the team in scoring at just over 20 PPG. No other player averages over 15 PPG. The Jazz rank 21st in scoring (108 PPG) and rebounding (44.3 RPG) with both numbers ranging below the Jazz’s output last season. PG Ricky Rubio could be out with an injury for this one.
Prediction: Back in early December, the Jazz beat the Magic in Orlando in a low-scoring game 96-87. Both teams rank in the bottom third of the league for pace-of-play, which shines a spot light on the under. Looking at Orlando’s recent road exploits and the fact the team has to be tired after a long road trip, it just doesn’t seem like they will be able to generate much offense while the defense will likely continue to play well. Pick under 206.5 (score – Utah 105-94)