Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets Prediction, NBA Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Dec 18, 2021

Moritz Wagner, Orlando Magic, 2021

The Magic have played well in Brooklyn as of late, going 5-1 against the spread in the last 6 meetings.

Orlando
22-60
AT
December 18, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Barclays Center
Brooklyn
44-38
Pointspread +5.5 -110
Moneyline +185
Over / Under o +212

33%

Betting Action

67%

Pointspread -5.5 -110
Moneyline -223
Over / Under u +212

33%

Betting Action

67%

While the NBA struggles with a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Brooklyn Nets are adding a major talent as they prepare to host the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. The Nets have announced that they’ll be welcoming point guard Kyrie Irving back to the team – though he’ll only be able to play road games once he’s fit. Irving, who is unvaccinated, has been away from the team all season – and he won’t be in the lineup Saturday for a COVID-ravaged Nets team.

Magic vs. Nets NBA Betting Odds

Bet this game at your peril, as both sides are missing several key contributors. The Nets remain slight favourites at this point almost certainly due to having home-court advantage, though they’ll be without up to 10 players, including Kevin Durant (ankle/rest) and James Harden (quarantine). The Nets are a dismal 4-10-1 ATS at home on the season, while the Magic have been a much better cover option on the road (9-9) than in Orlando (3-9).

Bettors are getting a total in the mid-210s for Saturday’s matchup of talent-starved teams. The Nets have been a slightly superior Under play so far this season (13-16 O/U), while the Magic are right at the break-even point (15-15). These teams have surpassed the number in five of their previous six head-to-head encounters at Barclays Center, most recently a thrilling 115-113 Brooklyn victory back on Nov. 19.

Orlando Magic

The 2021-22 season has already been a forgettable one for the Magic, who come in having lost 10 consecutive road games and seven in a row overall. And they have with a major frontcourt crisis Saturday, with Mo Bamba and Moritz Wagner both out due to COVID-19 protocols and Wendell Carter Jr. (leg) downgraded to doubtful. That will leave the bulk of the big man minutes in the hands of veteran Robin Lopez and second-year forward Chuma Okeke.

Brooklyn Nets

Irving’s eventual return – even if only for road games – will provide the Nets with a significant boost as they look to surge following a ho-hum start. And pulling out a victory Saturday could prove challenging when you consider that they’ll likely be rolling out a starting lineup of David Duke, Cam Thomas, Kessler Edwards, Blake Griffin and Nic Claxton. None of those five players averages more than nine points per game on the year.

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