Orlando Magic vs. Utah Jazz - 12/17/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Orlando Magic vs Utah Jazz
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - Rocky Mountain
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -6.5
Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz (15-11, 2nd in the Northwest Division) play the Orlando Magic (12-14, 2nd in the Southeast Division) at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Orlando opens this game as 6.5 point dogs. The over/under opens at 207.
The Magic cover the spread 44.0% of the time, having gone 11-14-1 ATS. Utah is covering 38.5% of the time, going 10-16-0 against the spread.
Key Orlando Magic Injuries
12/1/2019 Al-Farouq Aminu PF Knee Expected to be out until at least Feb 1
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
12/15/2019 Tony Bradley C Illness Game Time Decision
12/15/2019 Mike Conley PG Hamstring Game Time Decision
Evan Fournier comes into this contest averaging 20.0 points per game while playing 30.5 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 2.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 84%. Jonathan Isaac averages 12.9 points per game in 30.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.4 assists per contest and 7.3 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Donovan Mitchell averages 25.0 points per game while playing 34.7 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 4.7 rebounds per game and has 3.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 84%. Bojan Bogdanovic averages 20.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.4 rebounds per contest and 2.0 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 88%.
Useful Team Statistics
Orlando averages 107.3 points per contest this season, which ranks them 24th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 0.7 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 18th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 10th in the league. They average 45.4 rebounds per game and 25.5 assists per game, which ranks them 15th and 12th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 26th with 13.2 per game. The Magic allow 106.6 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc, ranking them 12th and 10th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.6 rebounds a game which ranks 11th and they give up 23.1 assists per contest, which puts them in 2nd place in the league. They force 13.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 5th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah is 17th in the league with 111.7 points per game this year. They are 11th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 5.3. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 12th in the NBA. They are 9th in the league in rebounding with 46.4 boards per game, and 8th in assists per contest with 26.0. The Jazz are 4th in turnovers per game with 15.1. The Jazz surrender 106.5 points per contest, which ranks them 4th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 8th and 15th in those defensive statistics. They rank 1st with 21.6 assists allowed per contest and 2nd with 42.6 rebounds surrendered per game. The Jazz are 16th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.9 per game.
The Magic are 22nd in the league in defensive rating with 108.1, and their offensive rating of 108.9 is ranked 8th. They are 25th in the NBA in pace with 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 20th. As a unit they are 23rd in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 14th in the NBA. Orlando is 23rd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 21st in the NBA.
Utah is 3rd in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 29th in the league. The Jazz are 15th in the NBA in offensive rating with 110.9, and their defensive rating of 105.7 is ranked 2nd. In terms of pace they are 13th in the league with 100.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 5th. As a team they are 8th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shots, ranking 7th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Magic/Jazz NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Orlando +6.5
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