Denver Nuggets vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 3/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Orlando Magic
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Fox Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Denver (-6.5)
The Denver Nuggets (25-17) head to Amway Center on Tuesday where they'll meet the Orlando Magic (14-28). Denver opens this game as 6.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 219.
The Denver Nuggets faced off with the New Orleans Pelicans and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 113-108 in their last contest. Denver walked away from the contest with a 50.0% FG percentage (44 out of 88) and converted 12 out of their 34 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Nuggets buried 8 of their 10 shots for a percentage of 80.0%. When discussing pulling down boards, they compiled 37 with 10 of them being offensive. They also dished out 30 assists in this contest while forcing the opposition into 16 turnovers and having 9 steals. In reference to defending, Denver allowed the other team to go 48.2% from the floor on 41 of 85 shooting. New Orleans doled out 26 dimes and had 8 steals in this game. Furthermore, New Orleans totaled 45 rebounds (14 offensive, 31 defensive) and added 5 rejections. New Orleans went 76.7% at the free throw line by converting 23 of their 30 tries. They converted 8 of their 28 tries from beyond the arc.
Nikola Jokic is one player who was important for the contest. He scored 29 points on 13 of 19 shooting. He was on the court for 34:37 mins and also totaled 10 boards. Jokic went 68.4% from the field and also earned 10 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this contest for the Nuggets was Jamal Murray. He snagged 3 rebounds in his 34:32 minutes on the hardwood. He finished the contest at 56.3% from the floor in this game by connecting on 9-of-16 (23 points). In all, Murray had 7 assists.
Denver will enter this contest with a record of 25-17 on the year. They are losing possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest and as a unit they commit 19.3 fouls per contest. As a team, Denver is pulling in 43.9 rebounds per game and has tallied 1,131 assists on the year, which has them ranked 3rd in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Nuggets are shooting 38.8% on three-point attempts (565 of 1,456) and 78.4% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 115.9 points per contest (4th in the league) while going 48.8% from the field. When they are on defense, the Nuggets are forcing 14.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.7 personal fouls. The Nuggets defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 46.9% (605 of 826) and they surrender 41.9 boards per contest as a squad. They rank 27th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,117 surrendered on the campaign. They give up 36.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 11th in the league in PPG from their opponents (110.7).
In their last game, the Orlando Magic took a loss by a score of 112-96 against the Boston Celtics. The Magic collected 35 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards totaling 44 for the contest. They turned it over 6 times, while recording 6 steals in this contest. The Celtics committed 21 fouls for the matchup which got the Magic to the free throw line for 30 attempts. They were able to bury 21 of the free throws for a rate of 70.0%. When discussing shots from downtown, Orlando converted 11 out of their 34 tries (32.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Magic finished 32 for 84 from the floor which had them at 38.1%. The Magic permitted the Celtics to convert 40 out of 88 tries from the floor which had them shooting 45.5% in the matchup. They finished 42.6% from beyond the arc by shooting 23 out of 54 and finished the contest at 9 out of 9 at the free throw line (100.0%). Regarding how they rebounded, Orlando permitted Boston to collect 45 in all (7 on the offensive side).
Nikola Vucevic was important for the Magic in this game. He converted 9 out of 20 for the contest for a rate of 45.0%, and had 13 rebounds. Vucevic totaled 22 points in his 36:50 minutes on the hardwood and earned 3 assists for the game. An additional guy that was important for Orlando was Evan Fournier. He ended up walking away with 2 dimes in 35:21 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 6 of 19 from the floor. Fournier ended up shooting 31.6% from the field while totaling 16 points and 5 rebounds.
Orlando has a record of 14-28 so far this season. On the offensive side of the court, the Magic are hitting on 43.1% from the floor, which ranks 30th in basketball. Orlando has tallied 4,389 points for the season (104.5 per contest) and they snag 46.5 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 22.6 times per game (27th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.3 times per game. The Magic are committing 16.8 fouls per game and they go 78.5% from the charity stripe. The Magic defensively are ranked 15th in basketball in PPG given up with 111.3. The Orlando defense gives up 36.8% on three-point shots (580 of 1,577) and opponents are converting on 77.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They have given up 25.7 assists and 45.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 23rd and 22nd in the league. They are forcing 12.6 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 46.8% from the floor (18th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Denver (-6.5)
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