The Orlando Magic will be down a handful of players when they host the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday. Which way to lean at BMR’s best sportsbooks?
Golden State Warriors vs. Orlando Magic
Thursday, November 3, 2022 – 07:00 PM EDT at Amway Center
What You Should Know
Only two games on Thursday’s NBA schedule and I’m not sure why TNT doesn’t have its usual doubleheader on the night. It’s the first of two meetings between Golden State and Orlando, with the Magic headed to San Francisco on Jan. 7.
One would think the Warriors had dominated this series for years with how good they have been for the most part and how bad the Magic have been. Golden State has won nine straight in the series at home but improbably has dropped four in a row in central Florida.
It was 94-90 last year as Franz Wagner made three free throws with 12.2 seconds left and dunked on an inbounds play for the final points. Stephen Curry didn’t play.
Warriors Dealing With Hangover
If you don’t think NBA championship hangovers are a thing, go check out the Dubs and their 3-5 record – one of the worst in the Western Conference. This is the first time since 2011-12 the Warriors have started a season with an 0-4 road record.
Curry as Good as Usual
One can certainly understand losing Tuesday in Miami, 116-109. Curry was excellent in the loss with 23 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists. It was his first triple-double of the season and his second double-double.
Curry has scored at least 30 points in six of the first eight games this season, a career first. He’s not exactly known for rebounding but is averaging 10.0 boards in the past three.
The former MVP leads the Warriors in points (30.0 ppg), rebounds (7.5 rpg), and assists (6.5 apg), joining only Charlotte's Terry Rozier, Dallas's Luka Doncic and Denver's Nikola Jokic as the only players this season to currently lead their teams in these categories.
Curry has made at least one 3-pointer in an NBA-record 197 consecutive regular season games.
How Are the Rest Doing?
Klay Thompson (1,930) needs one 3-point field goal made to pass J.R. Smith for sole possession of 17th place on the NBA all-time 3-pointers made list.
I thought former No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman would have a huge season after missing all of last year, but he’s not playing much and averaging just 8.3 points and 3.9 rebounds.
Simply think the Warriors are a little bored right now. They are 1-6 ATS in their past seven games.
Magic’s Banchero Top Rookie
Should be a rare sellout in Orlando to see the champs. However, we could see Golden State resting a key player because it plays a much tougher game in New Orleans on Friday to complete the road trip. Klay Thompson doesn’t play back-to-backs, for example.
Nice Performances Despite 1-7 Record
The Magic’s lone win this season in eight games was 113-93 at home vs. Charlotte on Oct. 28. Orlando comes off a 116-108 loss at tanking Oklahoma City on Tuesday. The Magic led by as many as 15 points during the second half and held a 104-93 lead with 7:26 remaining in the game. Oklahoma City closed the game with a 23-4 run.
Rookie No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero had a solid game with 15 points and 8 rebounds. The former Duke star is a -300 favorite at BMR’s top-rated sportsbooks to win Rookie of the Year. Banchero has led (or tied) the team in scoring five times, in rebounding twice, and in assists three times.
Wendell Carter Jr. finished Tuesday's loss with 30 points and 12 rebounds. He’s having a nice season. Jalen Suggs returned after missing five straight games due to a right ankle sprain and had just 9 points on 3-for-14 shooting. Terrence Ross lasted four minutes before leaving with a knee injury and is questionable for this one. He’s averaging 10.1 points.
The Magic are averaging 105.9 ppg this season, and have scored 100+ points six times (1-5 record), 110+ points twice (1-1 record) and 120+ points once (0-1 record).
Don't Count on This Players
Orlando is listing the following players as out: Starting point guard Cole Anthony, Markelle Fultz, Gary Harris, Jonathan Isaac, and Moritz Wagner. Some of those guys haven’t played yet this season.
Orlando is 4-0 ATS in its past four at home and 6-4 against the spread on NBA picks in the past 10 meetings. I think is quite competitive Thursday – again, the Dubs might rest someone looking toward Friday.
NBA Pick: Magic +9 (-110) at BetOnline
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