Philadelphia 76ers vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 12/31/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs Orlando Magic
Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (-3)
Amway Center is the site where and the Orlando Magic (4-0) will take on the Philadelphia 76ers (3-1) on Thursday. The line on this matchup has Philadelphia as 3-point favorites. The total is set at 218.
The Philadelphia 76ers faced off with the Toronto Raptors and took home the win by a score of 100-93 in their last contest. Philadelphia walked away from the contest with a 38.1% field goal percentage (32 out of 84) and converted 8 of 31 3-pointers. When they shot from the free throw line, the 76ers converted 28 of 33 attempts for a percentage of 84.8%. Regarding grabbing boards, they compiled 54 with 9 of them being offensive. They also distributed 21 assists for the game in addition to having 10 steals and 10 blocked shots. Pertaining to defending, Philadelphia allowed the other team to go 35.6% from the floor on 32 out of 90 shooting. Toronto distributed 21 dimes and had 12 steals for this contest. In addition, the Raptors totaled 47 rebounds (10 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 7 blocks. Toronto finished the game at 85.7% at the charity stripe by burying 12 of their 14 shots. They also made 17 of their 45 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Joel Embiid is someone who was a factor for the contest. He had 29 points on 7 out of 17 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37:53 mins and also snagged 16 rebounds. Embiid finished 41.2% from the field and totaled 4 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in the game for the 76ers was Tobias Harris. He collected 11 rebounds and accumulated 3 assists. He finished the contest at 55.0% from the field for this contest by going 11-of-20 (26 points). When the final whistle blew, Harris played 37:52 min.
Philadelphia enters this game with a win-loss record of 3-1 this season. The 76ers are shooting 30.7% on shots from distance (39 of 127) and 77.6% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 104.0 points per game (28th in the NBA) while hitting 43.5% from the field. They turn it over 18.0 times per game and as a squad are committing 19.5 personal fouls every game. As a team, Philadelphia is pulling down 46.8 boards per game and is sitting with 87 dimes on the campaign, which is 19th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the 76ers are forcing their opponents into 18.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 24.8 fouls. They surrender 37.9% on shots from distance and they are 2nd in the league in opponents points per game (101.8). The 76ers are giving up a FG percentage of 43.3% (72 of 99) and they surrender 43.8 boards per game as a unit. They are ranked 21st in the league in giving up assists with 99 relinquished this season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Orlando Magic walked away with a victory by a final of 118-107 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Magic collected 34 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 46 for the game. They stuffed 2 attempts while getting 12 steals in this matchup. The Thunder had 18 fouls for this contest which got the Magic to the free throw line for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 81.3%. With respect to three-point attempts, Orlando buried 7 out of their 22 attempts (31.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Magic ended up going 49 out of 96 from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.0%. The Magic allowed the Thunder to convert 43 out of 87 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 49.4% in this game. They finished 32.4% from three-point range by going 11 out of 34 and finished the contest at 10 of 19 from the free throw line (52.6%). When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Orlando allowed Oklahoma City to collect 47 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Nikola Vučević was important for the Magic in the game. He knocked down 12 of 18 for the game for a field goal percentage of 66.7%, which had him sitting at 28 points. Vučević snagged 10 rebounds in his 34:25 minutes of time on the hardwood and had 5 dimes in the game. Someone else who came through for Orlando was Dwayne Bacon. He notched 18 points in his 23:06 mins on the court by going 9 out of 10 from the floor in this matchup. Bacon ended up shooting 90.0% from the floor as well as collecting 2 dimes and 8 rebounds.
Orlando has a mark of 4-0 on the campaign. The Magic are committing 19.3 fouls per game and they connect on 81.4% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 23.3 times per contest (21st in the league) and they are turning it over 13.3 times per contest. Orlando has accumulated 481 points for the year (120.3 per contest) and they average 46.5 boards per contest. As an offense, the Magic are hitting on 48.4% from the floor, which ranks them 7th in the NBA. The Magic defensively are ranked 16th in basketball in points given up per game with 111.8. The Orlando defense allows 31.7% on 3-point shots (39 of 123) and their opposition knocks down 65.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 25.0 dimes and 45.0 rebounds per game, ranking them 18th and 14th in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 17.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 49.2% from the field (28th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-3)
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