Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 1/25/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic
Date: Monday, January 25, 2021
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Fox Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Charlotte (+2.5)
The Orlando Magic (7-9) play the Charlotte Hornets (6-9) at Amway Center on Monday. Orlando opens this matchup as 2.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 213.5.
The Charlotte Hornets faced the Chicago Bulls and took a loss by a final of 123-110 in their last contest. Charlotte walked away from the contest having earned a 49.4% field goal percentage (42 of 85) and converted 7 out of their 32 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Hornets made 19 of their 25 attempts for a percentage of 76.0%. Regarding getting rebounds, they compiled 44 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 22 assists in the game while having 9 steals and 2 blocked shots. With respect to the defense, Charlotte let their opponent shoot 51.6% from the floor on 49 out of 95 shooting. Chicago recorded 33 assists and had 10 steals in this matchup. On top of that, the Bulls totaled 44 rebounds (15 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Chicago finished 83.3% when shooting free throws by knocking down 10 of 12 attempts. They buried 15 out of their 43 shots from downtown.
Gordon Hayward is a guy who had an impact for this game. He left the arena with 34 points on 12 out of 20 shooting. He saw the court for 37:05 minutes played and totaled 6 rebounds. Hayward finished the game shooting 60.0% from the field and also recorded 4 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in this game for the Hornets was Devonte' Graham. He pulled down 3 boards and also earned 6 assists. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the field in the matchup by going 9-of-18 (24 points). When the final whistle was blown, Graham played 37:43 minutes.
Charlotte enters this one with a mark of 6-9 on the campaign. They are losing possession via turnover 15.6 times per game and as a group are committing 18.6 fouls per contest. As a unit, Charlotte is grabbing 44.7 boards per game and has tallied 424 assists so far this year, which is 4th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Hornets are hitting 35.8% on 3-pointers (191 of 533) and 73.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 107.8 points per game (24th in the NBA) while shooting 44.8% from the field. On defense, the Hornets have forced 16.2 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.5 fouls. They currently rank 26th in the league in allowing assists with 424 surrendered for the season. The Hornets defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 45.2% (243 of 293) and they surrender 47.1 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are relinquishing 34.5% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 10th in basketball in opponents PPG (109.1).
For their last game, the Orlando Magic took a defeat with a final score of 120-118 against the Indiana Pacers. The Magic collected 36 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 49 in this game. They blocked 3 attempts while getting 7 steals in the matchup. The Pacers committed 19 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Magic to the free throw line for 24 attempts. They were able to make 15 of them for a clip of 62.5%. In the matter of three-point shots, Orlando made 17 out of 37 attempts (45.9%). Overall, the Magic finished 43 for 94 from the floor which had them shooting 45.7%. The Magic permitted the Pacers to knock down 46 out of 93 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 49.5% in this game. They shot 35.3% from distance by connecting on 12 out of 34 and ended up shooting 16 out of 18 at the charity stripe (88.9%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Orlando permitted Indiana to get 44 overall (8 offensive).
Evan Fournier was important for the Magic in the game. He converted 8 out of 14 for the game for a field goal percentage of 57.1%, which gave him 26 points. Fournier snagged 4 boards in his 35:41 mins of playing time and had 9 dimes in the matchup. One more player who came through for Orlando was Nikola Vučević. He ended up finishing with 24 points in 41:10 mins on the hardwood by way of 10 of 29 shooting in this contest. Vučević finished going 34.5% from the floor in addition to earning 2 assists and 12 rebounds.
Orlando has a win-loss mark of 7-9 on the year. In terms of offensive execution, the Magic are hitting on 42.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 29th in basketball. Orlando has accumulated 1,678 points for the season (104.9 per contest) and they snag 46.7 boards per contest. They are getting an assist 21.6 times per contest (29th in basketball) and they turn it over 13.3 times per contest. The Magic are committing 17.4 fouls per game and they hit 78.3% from the free throw line. The Magic on defense are ranked 13th in the league in points allowed per contest with 110.4. They have forced 14.2 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 47.5% from the field (25th in basketball). The Orlando defense gives up 36.8% on shots from beyond the arc (201 of 546) and their opponents are knocking down 75.3% of their free throw attempts. They give up 24.4 dimes and 45.5 rebounds every game, which is 12th and 18th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Charlotte (+2.5)
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