Boston Celtics vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 5/5/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Orlando Magic
Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-5.5)
The Boston Celtics (34-31) are headed to Amway Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Orlando Magic (21-44). Boston opens this contest as 5.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 219.
The Boston Celtics faced off with the Portland Blazers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 129-119 in their last contest. Boston ended with a 48.3% FG percentage (43 of 89) and knocked down 20 out of their 39 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Celtics made 13 of their 15 shots for a rate of 86.7%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they earned 45 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 29 assists for the contest as well as creating 9 turnovers and having 3 steals. When talking about the defense, Boston let their opponent shoot 51.8% from the floor on 44 out of 85 shooting. Portland doled out 27 assists and had 8 steals for the contest. In addition, Portland had 36 rebounds (3 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Portland finished shooting 84.6% from the free throw line by burying 22 of 26 tries. They knocked down 19 of 38 shots from 3-point range.
Jayson Tatum is a player who was a factor in this matchup. He walked away with 33 points on 11 of 19 shooting. He played 36:54 mins played and also grabbed 2 rebounds. Tatum went 57.9% from the field and also recorded 5 assists. Someone else that was a factor in this matchup for the Celtics was Evan Fournier. He pulled down 5 rebounds in his 33:32 min on the hardwood. He finished the game shooting 80.0% from the floor in the game by shooting 8-of-10 (21 points). When the final whistle blew, Fournier had 3 assists.
Boston will enter this game with a record of 34-31 so far this season. They turn the ball over 14.3 times per game and as a group are committing 20.4 personal fouls every game. As a team, Boston is pulling in 44.5 boards per game and is sitting with 1,522 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 23rd in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Celtics are shooting 37.4% on shots beyond the perimeter (874 of 2,335) and 77.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 112.7 pts per game (16th in the league) while connecting on 46.7% from the field. Defensively, the Celtics are forcing 14.2 turnovers every game while drawing 19.5 fouls. They concede 37.4% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 10th in the NBA in opponents PPG (111.1). The Celtics defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 46.4% (922 of 1,268) and they relinquish 42.1 rebounds per contest as a team. They are ranked 10th in the league in giving up assists with 1,573 conceded this season.
For their last game, the Orlando Magic took home the win by a final score of 119-112 when they played the Detroit Pistons. The Magic recorded 39 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 48 in the matchup. They also gave up possession 10 times, while earning 6 steals in the matchup. The Pistons had 19 personal fouls for this game which took the Magic to the charity stripe for a total of 25 attempts. They were able to make 19 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 76.0%. In terms of 3-point attempts, Orlando made 10 of 23 tries (43.5%). When all was said and done, the Magic ended up going 45 out of 88 from the field which gave them a rate of 51.1%. The Magic permitted the Pistons to convert 44 out of 93 attempts from the field which left them shooting 47.3% for the contest. They shot 31.4% from 3-point land by connecting on 11 out of 35 and finished the contest at 13 of 18 from the charity stripe (72.2%). In reference to rebounding, Orlando permitted Detroit to grab 42 in total (12 on the offensive side).
Wendell Carter was important for the Magic for this contest. He converted 5 out of 8 in the matchup giving him a rate of 62.5%, and had 5 rebounds. Carter scored 11 points in his 19:23 mins on the court and had 1 assist in this contest. One more player that ended being a contributor for Orlando was Gary Harris. He walked away with 1 assist in 9:59 mins on the court, and he shot 4 of 6 from the floor. Harris finished going 66.7% from the floor in addition to contributing 11 points and 1 rebound.
Orlando has a mark of 21-44 on the season. As an offensive unit, the Magic are hitting on 43.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 30th in the NBA. Orlando has accumulated 6,775 points so far this season (104.2 per game) and they average 45.2 boards per game. They are getting an assist 22.0 times per game (28th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.8 times per game. The Magic commit 17.0 personal fouls every game and they hit 77.6% from the free throw line. The Magic on defense are ranked 17th in the league in PPG allowed with 112.2. They surrender 25.9 dimes and 47.0 boards every game, which is 26th and 26th in basketball. The Orlando defense gives up 37.1% from downtown (884 of 2,383) and their opponents are connecting on 78.7% of their free throw attempts. They have forced 13.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.0% from the field (21st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston (-5.5)
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