Friday, March 3, 2017
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The Miami Heat travel to Amway Center to play the Orlando Magic on Friday, March 3, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Miami as 4.5 point favorites.
The come into this game with an overall record of 28-33. They are 3rd in the Southeast Division. They currently have a point differential of 0.0 as they are averaging 102.0 points per game while giving up 102.0 per contest. The Magic have an overall record of 22-39. They currently are 5th in the Southeast Division. They are averaging 99.5 points per game and surrendering 105.8, good for a point differential of -6.3.
Hassan Whiteside comes into this contest averaging 16.6 points per game while playing 32.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Heat. He pulls down 14.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 0.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 56% while his free throw percentage is currently at 58%. Goran Dragic averages 20.2 points per game in 33.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6.1 assists per contest and 3.9 rebounds per game for Miami. His field goal percentage is 49% for the year while his free throw percentage is 79%.
Elfrid Payton averages 12.3 points per game while playing 28.9 minutes per contest this year for the Magic. He grabs 3.9 rebounds per game and has 5.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 67%. Nikola Vucevic averages 14.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 10.1 rebounds per contest and 2.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 65%.
Miami averages 102 points per contest this season which ranks them 24th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -0.02 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 17th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 15th in the league. They average 44 rebounds per game and 21.4 assists per game which ranks them 11th and 21st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 18th with 13.6 per game. The Heat allow 102 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 7th and 6th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44 rebounds a game which ranks 18th and they give up 20.2 assists per contest which puts them in 3rd place in the league. They force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 10th in the league.
Orlando averages 99.5 points per game this year which ranks them 29th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -6.28 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 27th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 28th in the NBA. They average 42.8 rebounds per game and 21.8 assists per contest which ranks them 23rd and 18th respectively. In the turnover department the Magic rank 20th with 13.5 per game. The Magic allow 105.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 18th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 23rd and 20th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 45.3 rebounds a game which ranks 28th and they give up 22.8 assists per contest which puts them in 19th place in the league. The Magic force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 11th in the NBA.
The Heat have an offensive rating of 106.4 and a defensive rating of 106.4. In terms of pace they average 95.3 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 51%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 31% of their shots. Miami turns the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%.
The Magic rating on offense is 102.9 and they have a defensive rating of 109.4. They get 96.2 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 49%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 52% and they attempt 3 pointers on 30% of their shot attempts. Orlando turns the ball over on 12.4 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.3 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%.
Miami Heat Betting Trends
The Miami Heat are 36-25-0 against the spread
The Miami Heat are 28-33-0 against the over/under
Orlando Magic Betting Trends
The Orlando Magic are 24-35-2 against the spread
The Orlando Magic are 27-34-0 against the over/under
Miami Heat Injuries
12/27/16 F Josh McRoberts Foot out indefinitely
10/22/16 F Chris Bosh Blood Clot out for season
03/02/17 C Hassan Whiteside Eye probable Friday vs. Orlando
03/02/17 G Rodney McGruder Quad injured last game, "?" Friday vs. Orlando
03/02/17 F Willie Reed Calf "?" Friday vs. Orlando
01/04/17 F Justise Winslow Shoulder out for season
Orlando Magic Injuries
03/02/17 C Nikola Vucevic Quad injured last game, "?" Friday vs. Miami
03/02/17 PG C.J. Watson Achilles "?" Friday vs. Miami
02/01/17 G CJ Wilcox Knee expected to miss 3-4 weeks
01/19/17 G Jodie Meeks Thumb out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Orlando +4.5
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