Orlando Magic vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 12/27/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando Magic vs Washington Wizards
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+1.5)
Capital One Arena is the venue where and the Washington Wizards will play the Orlando Magic on Sunday. The odds on this matchup have Washington as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 225.5.
The Orlando Magic stepped onto the hardwood against the Miami Heat and took home the win by a score of 113-107 in their last game. Orlando ended with a 47.7% field goal percentage (42 of 88) and made 10 out of their 28 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Magic converted 19 of 30 tries for a rate of 63.3%. In the matter of getting rebounds, they earned 41 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 23 dimes in this matchup in addition to having 15 steals and 3 rejections. Concerning defending, Orlando allowed the other team to shoot 50.6% from the floor on 42 out of 83 shooting. Miami distributed 25 dimes and had 11 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Heat snagged 43 rebounds (7 offensive, 36 defensive) and got 2 rejections. Miami finished 84.2% when shooting free throws by converting 16 of their 19 attempts. They made 7 of their 20 attempts from three-point range.
Nikola Vučević is one guy who was a major factor for the matchup. He recorded 15 points on 5 out of 13 shooting. He was on the court for 33:33 mins played and totaled 11 rebounds. Vučević finished the contest at 38.5% from the field and recorded 3 assists. Another guy that was a determining factor in the game for the Magic was Evan Fournier. He grabbed 2 rebounds and also tallied 4 dimes. He finished the game at 69.2% from the field for the game by hitting 9-of-13 (25 points). When the final whistle blew, Fournier saw the court for 30:43 minutes.
Orlando will enter this game after finishing with a record of 33-40 last season. They had an average of 107.3 points per contest (24th in the league) while hitting 44.4% from the field. The Magic hit on 34.3% on 3-pointers (807 of 2,354) and 77.4% from the charity stripe. As a squad, Orlando grabbed 44.5 boards per game and earned 1,747 dimes throughout last year, which was 15th in the NBA in terms of passing. They lost possession via turnover 12.8 times per contest and as a group committed 18.3 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Magic were able to force 14.6 turnovers per game and they drew 19.5 personal fouls. They gave up 36.4% on shots from distance and they were ranked 5th in the league in opponents PPG (108.3). The Magic defense allowed a field goal percentage of 46.5% (2,949 of 6,343) and they conceded 44.9 rebounds per game as a squad. They were ranked 23rd in the league in allowing assists 1,804 conceded throughout last year.
The last time they took the court, the Washington Wizards took a loss by a score of 113-107 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Wizards corralled 35 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 in this game. They stuffed 4 attempts while recording 7 steals in the matchup. The 76ers committed 25 fouls in the game which took the Wizards to the charity stripe for a total of 23 shots. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 69.6%. In reference to shots from beyond the arc, Washington knocked down 13 out of their 27 attempts (48.1%). When this game wrapped up, the Wizards walked away from this one shooting 39 for 85 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.9%. The Wizards allowed the 76ers to make 41 of their 87 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 47.1% for this game. They shot 28.6% from distance by going 8 out of 28 and walked away from this one shooting 23 of 30 from the free throw line (76.7%). When it comes to rebounding, Washington permitted Philadelphia to grab 47 overall (10 on the offensive glass).
Russell Westbrook pitched in for the Wizards in this matchup. He made 9 out of 22 for the game for a field goal rate of 40.9%, which got him 21 points. Westbrook had 11 boards in his 36:18 mins of time on the hardwood and had 15 assists for this contest. One more player that was pivotal for Washington was Bradley Beal. He accumulated 31 points in 35:44 mins on the court by way of 11 of 22 from the floor for this contest. Beal walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor in addition to earning 3 assists and 2 boards.
Washington had a win-loss record of 25-47 last season. The Wizards committed 22.7 personal fouls per contest and they shot 78.8% from the free throw line. They earned an assist 25.0 times per game (12th in basketball) and they gave up possession 14.2 times per game. Washington earned 8,238 pts over the course of last season (114.4 per game) and they collected 42.0 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Wizards hit 45.7% from the floor, which ranked 21st in basketball. The Wizards on defense were ranked 29th in the league in points per game surrendered with 119.1. They forced 16.2 turnovers per game and allowed teams to shoot 48.8% from the field (29th in the league). The Washington defense allowed 37.6% on shots from 3-point land (896 of 2,386) and their opponents connected on 77.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They conceded 25.2 dimes and 46.2 boards per game, which had them ranked 22nd and 25th in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Orlando (+1.5)
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