This game is a shitstorm to predict because there are so many moving parts on both teams.
Indiana coming in hot
The Pacers just came off an impressive win over the Sixers 127-121 with T.J Warren dropping 53 points on 20 of 29 shooting. With Malcolm Brogdon and All-Star Domontis Sabonis not playing, the Pacers had their depth on display with Aaron Holiday and Victor Oladipo both scoring 15 points. Despite how well the Pacers played, it will be hard to continue winning games while relying on depth players to put up big numbers. Brogdon played in their game on Monday against the Wizards while Oladipo rested his knee, and Sabonis is listed as out with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Need some Magic
The Magic are on a 5 game winning streak and are shooting well from the field (52.1%) and the deep ball (41.4%) according to NBA stats. The Magic are coming off of a 132-116 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. Many players contributed, led by Nikola Vucevic with 23 points and 11 boards against the Kings, followed by Aaron Gordon, who added 22 points and 3 assists, Unfortunately, the Magic are going through some adversity right now, when 6'11 power forward Jonathan Isaac left Sunday's game against the Kings in a wheelchair after suffering a torn ACL injury that will now end his season. Isaac is a key contributor to the team averaging 12.1 PPG with 6.9 RPG.
I am going to pick the Magic to beat the Pacers Tuesday night. The Magic will be well-rested for the game, and I don’t believe that the Pacers are ready to play consecutive days, specifically Malcolm Brogdon coming off a neck injury. The loss of Domontis Sabonis is enormous because he plays well against the Magic, averaging 23 points and 12.5 rebounds.
Lock in the Magic Moneyline (-125)
Take the over at 225.5 (-115)