Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 12/19/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: NBA League Pass
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (+2)
The Orlando Magic (33-40 last season) play the Charlotte Hornets (23-42 last year) at Amway Center on Saturday. Charlotte opens this contest as 2-point dogs. The total has been set at 218.
Charlotte enters this matchup after finishing with a win-loss record of 23-42 last season. They averaged 102.9 points per outing (30th in the NBA) while hitting 43.4% from the field. The Hornets shot 35.2% on shots from 3-point land (785 of 2,231) and 74.8% from the free throw line. As a squad, Charlotte grabbed 42.8 rebounds per contest and totaled 1,549 assists throughout last year, which ranked 25th in the league in terms of passing. They lost possession via turnover 14.6 times per game and as a team committed 18.8 fouls every game. On defense, the Hornets forced their opponents into 14.4 turnovers per contest and they drew 20.6 fouls. They were 17th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,732 surrendered last season. The Hornets gave up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.6% (2,708 of 5,690) and they relinquished 46.0 boards per contest as a team. They conceded 35.2% on 3-point attempts and they were 12th in the league in points per game from their opponents (109.6).
The Charlotte Hornets faced the Orlando Magic and notched a win by a score of 123-115 in their last preseason game. Charlotte finished the contest with a 47.5% field goal percentage (48 out of 101) and buried 18 of their 41 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Hornets converted 9 of their 10 tries for a percentage of 90.0%. With regard to getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 43 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 32 assists for the contest as well as earning 9 steals and 2 blocked shots. With respect to defense, Charlotte allowed their opponent to shoot 47.4% from the field on 46 of 97. Orlando recorded 26 dimes and 8 steals in this matchup. Additionally, the Magic snagged 53 boards (13 offensive, 40 defensive) and had 6 blocks. Orlando shot 91.7% at the charity stripe by making 11 of 12 shots. They also made 12 out of their 37 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Orlando had a record of 33-40 last year. Orlando scored 7,831 points over the course of last season (107.3 per contest) and they pulled down 44.5 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Magic connected on 44.4% from the field, which was ranked 27th in basketball. The Magic committed 18.3 fouls per game and they connected on 77.4% from the charity stripe. They dished out assists 23.9 times per contest (18th in basketball) and they gave up possession 12.8 times per contest. The Magic defensively were ranked 5th in the league in points per game surrendered with 108.3. The Orlando defense gave up 36.4% on shots from distance (893 of 2,453) and their opponents connected on 77.1% of their foul shots. They forced their opponents into 14.6 TO's per game and let teams shoot 46.5% from the floor (18th in the league). They relinquished 24.7 dimes and 44.9 total rebounds per game, which was ranked 17th and 15th in those categories on the defensive end.
The last time they took the court, the Orlando Magic went home defeated by a final of 123-115 when they played the Charlotte Hornets. The Magic recorded 40 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 53 for the matchup. They turned away 6 shots while earning 8 steals for the contest. The Hornets were called for 19 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Magic to the free throw line for a total of 12 tries. They were able to knock down 11 of them for a rate of 91.7%. Concerning shooting from 3-point land, Orlando converted 12 of their 37 tries (32.4%). When this game wrapped up, the Magic finished the game shooting 46 out of 97 from the field which had them at 47.4%. The Magic permitted the Hornets to make 48 of their 101 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 47.5% for the contest. They went 43.9% from three-point range by going 18 out of 41 and ended up shooting 9 out of 10 from the free throw line (90.0%). When it comes to how they rebounded, Orlando permitted Charlotte to grab 43 in all (10 offensive).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Charlotte (+2)
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