Orlando Magic vs Minnesota Timberwolves Predictions, Free NBA Pick 3/6/2020
Game: Orlando Magic vs Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
Location: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Fox Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando -3
Malik Beasley and the Minnesota Timberwolves (19-42, 5th in the Northwest Division) host the Orlando Magic (27-35, 2nd in the Southeast Division) at Target Center on Friday, March 6, 2020. Minnesota opens this game as 3 point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 233.5.
The Magic are covering the spread 46.7% of the time, having gone 28-32-2 ATS. Minnesota covers the spread 37.3% of the time, going 22-37-2 against the spread.
Key Orlando Magic Injuries
01/10/20 SF Al-Farouq Aminu Knee is out for season
01/02/20 PF Jonathan Isaac Knee is out indefinitely
Key Minnesota Timberwolves Injuries
02/14/20 C Karl-Anthony Towns Wrist is out indefinitely
Nikola Vucevic comes into this game averaging 19.4 points per contest while playing 32.5 minutes per night this year. He grabs 10.9 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.7 assists per game. His FG percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage is 78%. Aaron Gordon averages 14.4 points per contest in 32.9 minutes per game. He averages 3.6 assists per game and 7.5 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% for the season while his free throw percentage is 67%.
Malik Beasley scores 10.8 points per contest while playing 21.5 minutes per game. He hauls in 2.5 rebounds per contest and has 1.4 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is at 84%. D'Angelo Russell averages 23.5 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 32.4 minutes per game. He also brings in 3.8 rebounds per game and has 6.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 81%.
Useful Team Statistics
Orlando averages 105.4 points per contest, which is 28th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -1.7 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a unit, which has them ranked 28th. From 3-point territory they shoot 34%, which is good for 26th in the NBA. They average 44.5 boards per contest and 23.8 assists per game, which ranks them 19th and 19th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 29th with 12.5 per game. The Magic allow 107.1 points per contest, which is 4th in the NBA. They also surrender a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 17th and 24th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 45.4 rebounds a game which ranks 17th, and they allow 24.5 assists per game which puts them in 14th place in the league. They force 14.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 19th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Minnesota is 10th in the NBA with 113.3 points per contest this season. They are 27th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -3.97. They shoot 34% from beyond the arc, which is good for 28th in the league. They are 15th in the NBA in rebounding with 45.1 boards per contest and 18th in assists per game with 23.8. The Timberwolves are 7th in turnovers per contest with 15.4. The Timberwolves give up 117.3 points per game, which ranks them 27th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 24th and 21st in those defensive statistics. They rank 12th with 24.2 dimes allowed per game and 29th with 47.5 boards surrendered per contest. The Timberwolves are 23rd in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.4 per contest this year.
The Magic are 25th in the league in defensive rating with 108.9, and their offensive rating of 107.3 is ranked 9th. They are 27th in the NBA in pace with 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 29th. As a unit they are 28th in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 19th in the NBA. Orlando is 29th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.5 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 13th in the NBA.
Minnesota is 14th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 11th in the league. The Timberwolves are 22nd in the NBA in offensive rating with 108.3, and their defensive rating of 112 is ranked 21st. In terms of pace they are 5th in the league with 103.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 51% is 24th. As a team they are 24th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 44% of their shots, ranking 3rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's Magic/Timberwolves NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Minnesota +3
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