The Nuggets are surging after their trade for Aaron Gordon and now the high-flying forward will have his first crack at his former team. The Magic are coming into Denver one night after a 46-point loss to the Utah Jazz
Let’s take a deep dive into the different markets out there for Colorado sports bettors in our Nuggets vs. Magic betting preview, complete with the best odds, picks, and predictions.
Nuggets vs. Magic Betting Preview
The Nuggets are the real deal this year. After a lukewarm start to the season in which they were 12-11, Denver has rattled off 18 wins in 25 games. They are on a four-game winning streak and have moved all the way up to fifth-place in the Western Conference.
The Magic are capping off a five-game road trip with this game in Denver. Although Orlando traded away Gordon, Nikola Vucevic, and Evan Fournier, they were able to split the first four games of this road trip. With that said, the Magic were just obliterated by the Jazz on Saturday night. It’s tough to expect them to bounce back less than 24 hours later.
Nuggets vs. Magic Odds
Game lines courtesy of DraftKings Colorado:
- Spread: Nuggets -16 (-112) // Magic +16 (-109)
- Moneyline: Nuggets -2500 // Magic +1150
- Total: Over 214 (-112) // Under 214 (-110)
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Bets We Like With A Nuggets Win
Aaron Gordon First Basket +900
Betting on the first made basket is always a crapshoot, but the juice is worth the squeeze here. Gordon is going up against his former team for the first time since being traded. Although there wasn’t a messy breakup like we’ve seen with other stars, there is definitely going to be some added motivation for Gordon. The Nuggets might start this game with an action for Gordon to make a statement.
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Bets We Like With A Magic Win
Nikola Jokic Under 23.5 Points (-106)
Do we have to pick something here? Well, if we do, let’s take the under on Nikola Jokic’s points. The Magic are a complete longshot to win on Sunday night, but anything can happen in the NBA. Jokic is the frontrunner to win MVP this season and his uptick in scoring is a major reason why. Taking him out of the game is Orlando’s best chance at pulling off this massive upset.
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Nuggets vs. Magic Prediction, Pick
This is a massive spread, but there is a reason for that. The Magic are coming into this game on the second night of a back-to-back while the Nuggets last played on Thursday night. The Aaron Gordon revenge factor is going to play a role in this game as well. Again, it wasn’t a messy breakup, but players always want to perform well against their former team. Don’t be afraid of this big number.
Pick: Nuggets -16
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