Orlando Magic vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 12/26/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando Magic vs Washington Wizards
Date: Saturday, December 26, 2020
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+2)
The Orlando Magic (33-40 last season) travel to Capital One Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Washington Wizards (25-47 last year). The odds on this contest have Washington as 2-point favorites. The over/under is set at 230.
The Orlando Magic faced the Miami Heat and took home the win by a score of 113-107 in their last contest. Orlando finished the contest having earned a 47.7% FG percentage (42 out of 88) and converted 10 of 28 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Magic made 19 of 30 tries for a percentage of 63.3%. With respect to hauling in rebounds, they collected 41 with 11 of them being offensive. They also dished out 23 assists in the matchup as well as earning 15 steals and 3 rejections. In the matter of defending, Orlando allowed the other team to shoot 50.6% from the field on 42 out of 83 shooting. Miami recorded 25 dimes and had 11 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Heat grabbed 43 rebounds (7 offensive, 36 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Miami walked away from this one shooting 84.2% from the free throw line by making 16 of 19 attempts. They knocked down 7 out of their 20 attempts from beyond the arc.
Nikola Vučević is a player who was a major contributor in this game. He ended up scoring 15 points on 5 out of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33:33 minutes and grabbed 11 rebounds. Vučević shot 38.5% from the field and also distributed 3 dimes. One more player that had an impact in this game for the Magic was Evan Fournier. He pulled down 2 boards and also collected 4 dimes. He finished shooting 69.2% from the field in this matchup by going 9-of-13 (25 points). When all was said and done, Fournier played 30:43 minutes.
Orlando will take the court after finishing with a record of 33-40 last year. They lost possession via turnover 12.8 times per contest and as a unit committed 18.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Orlando pulled in 44.5 rebounds per contest and accounted for 1,747 assists last season, which ranked 15th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Magic shot 34.3% on three-point attempts (807 of 2,354) and 77.4% from the charity stripe. They had an average of 107.3 pts per game (24th in basketball) while hitting 44.4% from the field. When they were on the defensive end, the Magic were able to force 14.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and they drew 19.5 fouls. The Magic gave up a shooting percentage of 46.5% (2,949 of 6,343) and they conceded 44.9 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They were 23rd in basketball in allowing assists 1,804 surrendered over the course of last year. They conceded 36.4% on 3-point attempts and they were ranked 5th in basketball in points per game allowed (108.3).
The last time they took the court, the Washington Wizards went home defeated by a final of 113-107 when they faced the Philadelphia 76ers. The Wizards were able to pull down 35 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards for a total of 40 in this game. They also blocked 4 tries while recording 7 steals for the matchup. The 76ers earned 25 fouls for the game which took the Wizards to the free throw line for a total of 23 shots. They were able to make 16 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 69.6%. When discussing shooting from 3-point land, Washington converted 13 out of 27 attempts (48.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Wizards finished shooting 39 for 85 from the floor which gave them a rate of 45.9%. The Wizards allowed the 76ers to bury 41 of 87 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 47.1% for the game. They finished the game shooting 28.6% from three-point range by hitting 8 out of 28 and finished the game at 23 out of 30 from the free throw line (76.7%). In relation to rebounding, Washington allowed Philadelphia to get 47 overall (10 on the offensive side).
Russell Westbrook pitched in for the Wizards for this contest. He buried 9 out of 22 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 40.9%, which got him 21 points. Westbrook snagged 11 rebounds in his 36:18 mins of time on the court and earned 15 assists in the game. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Washington was Bradley Beal. He racked up 31 points in 35:44 minutes on the hardwood by going 11 of 22 from the floor for this contest. Beal ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor as well as earning 3 assists and 2 boards.
Washington had a record of 25-47 last year. The Wizards were responsible for committing 22.7 personal fouls per game and they hit 78.8% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates was at 25.0 times per contest (12th in the league) and they lost possession via turnover 14.2 times per game. Washington scored 8,238 pts last year (114.4 per contest) and they averaged 42.0 boards per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Wizards shot 45.7% from the floor, which ranked 21st in basketball. The Wizards were ranked 29th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 119.1. They surrendered 25.2 assists and 46.2 total rebounds per game, which was ranked 22nd and 25th in those categories on the defensive end. The Washington defense allowed 37.6% on 3-point shots (896 of 2,386) and opponents knocked down 77.8% of their foul shots. They were able to force 16.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allowed teams to shoot 48.8% from the field (29th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Washington (-2) and over 230 points
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