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Who doesn't love a good rematch? The Indiana Pacers take on the Orlando Magic again. John Hyslop breaks down the best bet for tonight's game.

Indiana Pacers vs Orlando Magic Prediction: Revenge Is the Mood

Do you know why so many people can't handle the all-out day-in, day-out battle that is sports betting? Because they can't handle a little adversity. I hate to say it but it's true. If you can't get your teeth kicked in only to come back and ask for more, then you won't make it. That's just how responding to adversity works people. Lucky for us, I know all about responding to adversity. I actually like getting my teeth kicked in. I'm like, "good one books". Because I know it means I'm about to kick the books' teeth in (figuratively). Everyone gets their teeth kicked in playing this game we play. Revenge is always around the corner and a fun way to get revenge is to align yourself with a player who is also after a little get back. I have the perfect guy in mind for tonight.

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Malcolm Brogdon Over 16.5 Points (-113) - Barstool (Bet $113 to Win $100)

The best price for this one is at Barstool but DraftKings and FanDuel both have 16.5 for -120 which isn't bad. BetMGM is getting a little wild at -125 but it is still playable. I'd hate to pay that but if you have no other option then what can you really do? Can't get revenge if you don't play.

Let me tell you people, a little bit about Malcolm Brogdon. The guy is a flat-out beast who is being disrespected by the books tonight. That's not why he's going to get revenge though. That actually makes me respect him more. Keep reading this. I'm going somewhere with this.

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Our guy Malcolm is out for blood tonight for two reasons. First, he has been injured for what feels like forever now. Being told you can't do something you love sucks. Imagine being told you couldn't gamble for a few weeks. I bet you would go wild the first few days back at the sportsbook. You'd probably go on a run like no one has ever seen before and I don't blame you.

The other reason Brogdon will be ready to roll tonight is because the Pacers just lost to this same Orlando Magic team the other night. Brogdon had to sit out because it was a back-to-back situation. Let's be clear, the Magic are not good. At anything. I'd be shocked if the Pacers don't come out tonight and stomp these guys.

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With Brogdon in the lineup, the Pacers are just better. He's only played two games but in one they beat the Boston Celtics and in the other, they went to overtime with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He saw 29+ minutes in both games and at some point, his minute restriction will be relaxed.

The thing I like most is he's playing off the ball more with Tyrese Haliburton in town. That should lead to more scoring. He dropped 20 against the Celtics the last time he played and I'd be surprised if he didn't at least approach that number tonight.

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John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it. His work has appeared on Rotogrinders and he has been a regular on sports talk radio stations across the country. Based in the US, John operates a blog & podcast, Sports Bets Beers, which covers betting angles in the NFL, NBA, MLB, & NHL.


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