Houston Rockets vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 4/18/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Rockets vs Orlando Magic
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-3)
The Houston Rockets (14-42) are headed to Amway Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Orlando Magic (18-38). Orlando opens this matchup as 3-point dogs. The total opens at 220.5.
The Houston Rockets played the Denver Nuggets and took a loss by a final of 128-99 in their last game. Houston ended the game having earned a 44.2% field goal percentage (38 of 86) and buried 11 of their 35 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Rockets knocked down 12 of their 18 tries for a rate of 66.7%. In regard to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 35 with 8 of them being offensive. They also doled out 23 dimes in this contest while forcing 9 turnovers and earning 7 steals. Pertaining to defending, Houston let their opponent shoot 48.9% from the floor on 46 of 94 shooting. Denver doled out 22 assists and had 11 steals for this game. Furthermore, Denver snagged 54 rebounds (18 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. Denver ended up going 87.1% when shooting free throws by making 27 of their 31 attempts. They knocked down 9 of 31 tries from beyond the arc.
Kelly Olynyk is a guy who was a major contributor for the matchup. He ended up walking away with 23 points on 10 out of 14 shooting. He played 27:05 mins and collected 6 rebounds. Olynyk finished shooting 71.4% from the field and also recorded 2 assists. One more player that was a major factor in this matchup for the Rockets was Jae'Sean Tate. He snagged 5 rebounds in 31:52 minutes on the basketball court. He ended up going 69.2% from the floor for this game by shooting 9-of-13 (21 points). When the time ran out, Tate earned 5 assists.
Houston steps onto the hardwood with a record of 14-42 for the campaign. They have an average of 108.1 points per contest (24th in the league) on 44.2% from the floor. The Rockets are shooting 33.6% on three-point attempts (752 of 2,237) and 74.0% from the charity stripe. As a team, Houston is snagging 42.4 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,292 assists so far this year, which ranks 25th in the NBA in terms of passing. They are turning it over 14.6 times per game and as a squad are committing 19.7 fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Rockets are forcing 14.9 turnovers every game and they draw 19.7 personal fouls. They rank 20th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,398 conceded on the campaign. The Rockets defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 47.2% (834 of 1,101) and they relinquish 47.9 boards per contest as a squad. They concede 38.0% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 27th in the NBA in opponents points per game (115.0).
In their last game, the Orlando Magic walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 113-102 against the Toronto Raptors. The Magic earned 29 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 35 for this game. They gave up possession of the ball 10 times, while getting 8 steals in this matchup. The Raptors committed 24 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Magic to the charity stripe for a total of 34 shots. They were able to convert 24 of those for a percentage of 70.6%. With respect to three-point shots, Orlando converted 8 out of 23 tries (34.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Magic walked away from this one shooting 35 out of 77 from the floor which had them shooting 45.5%. The Magic allowed the Raptors to convert 41 out of their 82 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0% in the game. They went 40.0% from distance by hitting 14 out of 35 and finished the contest at 17 out of 18 from the free throw line (94.4%). In reference to attacking the glass, Orlando allowed Toronto to collect 42 overall (8 on the offensive glass).
Wendell Carter ended up being a factor for the Magic in this game. He made 8 out of 12 in the matchup for a rate of 66.7%, and tallied 9 rebounds. Carter scored 20 points in his 31:33 mins of playing time and earned 1 assist for this game. Someone else that was pivotal for Orlando was Cole Anthony. He came away with 5 dimes in 29:06 minutes on the court, and he knocked down 6 of 12 from the floor. Anthony finished going 50.0% from the floor in addition to collecting 19 points and 7 total rebounds.
Orlando has a mark of 18-38 so far this year. As an offense, the Magic are connecting on 43.1% from the field, which has them ranked 30th in the league. Orlando has scored 5,839 pts for the campaign (104.3 per game) and they grab 45.6 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 22.4 times per game (27th in the NBA) and they turn it over 12.9 times per contest. The Magic are responsible for committing 16.8 fouls per contest and they go 77.5% from the charity stripe. The Magic on the defensive end are ranked 18th in the league in PPG given up with 112.0. They have conceded 25.9 dimes and 46.4 boards per contest, which is 25th and 25th in the league. The Orlando defense surrenders 37.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (777 of 2,077) and their opponents are knocking down 78.9% of their foul shots. They are forcing their opponents into 12.9 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.0% from the floor (20th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston (-3)
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