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Nets vs. Magic prediction, odds, line, spread: 2022 NBA picks, March 15 best bets from model on 78-48 run

The Orlando Magic welcome the red-hot Brooklyn Nets to town for an intriguing matchup on Tuesday. Orlando is 18-51 overall and 8-24 at home this season, though the Magic have two wins in the last three games. Brooklyn is on a three-game winning streak with a 21-15 road mark and a 35-33 overall record. Ben Simmons (reconditioning) and LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) are out for Brooklyn, with Cameron Thomas (back) and Seth Curry (ankle) listed as questionable. Jalen Suggs (ankle) is listed as questionable for Orlando.

Brooklyn is listed as a 10-point road favorite, and tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm ET. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the Over-Under, is 232 in the latest Nets vs. Magic odds. Before you make any NBA predictions with the Nets vs. Magic match-up, you need to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s advanced computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 21 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 78-48 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning over $2,400. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Nets vs. Magic, and just locked in their picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and trends for Magic vs. Nets:

  • Nets vs. Magic spread: Nets -10
  • Nets vs. Magic over-under: 232 points
  • BKN: The Nets are 18-23-2 against the spread in conference games
  • ORL: The Magic are 21-22 against the spread in conference games

Why the Nets can cover

Brooklyn is rightfully known for its offensive proficiency, and the Nets have the NBA’s best offensive profile in road games. However, the Nets also have advantages in this matchup on the other end of the floor. Brooklyn is in the top eight of the NBA in three-point defense, holding opponents to 34.1 percent shooting. The Nets are also above-average in field goal percentage allowed at 45.3 percent.

From there, Orlando’s offense struggles mightily, ranking No. 29 in the NBA in offensive rating and scoring only 104.1 points per 100 possessions. The Magic are No. 28 in the NBA in offensive rebound rate (25.0 percent), and in the bottom five of the league in both FG percentage (43.4 percent) and 3P percentage (33.0 percent). Orlando also loses in the possession battle on a regular basis, ranking No. 27 in the NBA in free throw attempts per game (20.1) and No. 25 in turnover rate at 14.6 percent.

Why the Magic can cover

Orlando should benefit from Brooklyn’s porous defense. The Nets are No. 22 in the NBA in defensive rating, giving up more than 1.12 points per possession. Brooklyn is the league’s second-worst defensive rebounding team and, while the Nets are prolific on offense, they have glaring weaknesses on the other end. Orlando is in the top 10 in assist rate, generating an assist on 61.3 percent of field goals, and the Magic are also in the top 10 of the NBA in free-throw accuracy at 79.1 percent.

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On defense, Orlando uses size to determine opponents, and the Magic are No. 6 in the league in points allowed in the paint (44.4 per game). The Magic are in the top 10 in 2-point accuracy allowed at 52.2 percent, and Orlando is very good on the defensive glass, securing 73.3 percent of available rebounds. The Magic are also stout in transition, giving up only 11.8 fast break points per game to opponents.

How to make Nets vs. magic picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 229 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s Magic vs. Nets pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Nets vs. Magic? And which side of the spread hits in well over 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Nets vs. Magic spread you need to jump on Tuesday, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.

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