Indiana Pacers vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 4/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Orlando Magic
Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (-5.5)
The Indiana Pacers (23-27) head to Amway Center on Friday where they'll take on the Orlando Magic (17-34). Orlando opens this game as 5.5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 226.5.
The Indiana Pacers faced off with the Minnesota Timberwolves and took home the win by a score of 141-137 in their last game. Indiana finished with a 59.1% FG percentage (55 of 93) and converted 14 out of their 28 3-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Pacers converted 17 of their 19 shots for a rate of 89.5%. With respect to rebounding, they compiled 35 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 32 assists in this contest as well as creating 12 turnovers and earning 6 steals. When discussing defending, Indiana allowed the other team to shoot 52.7% from the floor on 48 out of 91 shooting. Minnesota recorded 30 assists and had 7 steals for this contest. On top of that, Minnesota collected 42 boards (13 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 7 blocks. Minnesota finished the game shooting 77.5% when shooting free throws by converting 31 of 40 attempts. They made 10 of 28 attempts from 3-point range.
Justin Holiday is one player who was important in this contest. He left the arena with 21 points on 8 out of 13 shooting. He played 28:37 minutes and also collected 4 boards. Holiday walked away from this one shooting 61.5% from the floor and distributed 3 assists. One more player that was a factor in this game for the Pacers was Caris LeVert. He pulled down 5 rebounds in his 33:52 minutes played on the night. He went 50.0% from the floor in this game by hitting 8-of-16 (18 points). Overall, LeVert accounted for 4 assists.
Indiana comes into this one with a mark of 23-27 so far this year. They average 113.2 points per contest (13th in the league) while going 47.3% from the field. The Pacers are hitting 36.4% on shots from beyond the arc (621 of 1,706) and 78.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Indiana is pulling in 41.7 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,341 dimes for the campaign, which has them ranked 5th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 13.9 times per contest and as a squad are committing 20.3 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Pacers are able to force 15.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.5 personal fouls. They rank 23rd in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,296 surrendered for the year. The Pacers are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.1% (771 of 923) and they concede 45.4 rebounds per game as a group. They give up 37.7% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 22nd in the NBA in PPG allowed (113.6).
The last time they took the court, the Orlando Magic took a loss by a score of 131-116 against the Washington Wizards. The Magic collected 28 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 39 for the matchup. They gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while earning 11 steals in this contest. The Wizards had 18 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Magic to the charity stripe for 23 shots. They were able to make 16 of them for a clip of 69.6%. With regard to shooting from distance, Orlando buried 12 of 31 attempts (38.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Magic finished 44 for 93 from the field which had them sitting at 47.3%. The Magic permitted the Wizards to knock down 49 of 85 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 57.6% in the game. They finished the game shooting 52.8% from distance by shooting 19 out of 36 and ended up going 14 out of 16 at the free throw line (87.5%). In reference to rebounding, Orlando allowed Washington to get 37 in total (5 on the offensive glass).
Wendell Carter Jr. ended up having an impact for the Magic for this game. He buried 6 of 9 for the matchup for a rate of 66.7%, and had 4 rebounds. Carter Jr. tallied 15 points in his 23:13 minutes on the hardwood and had 1 assist in the game. One more player who was a determining factor for Orlando was Michael Carter-Williams. He accumulated 5 assists in his 20:37 minutes on the hardwood, and he knocked down 4 out of 6 from the floor. Carter-Williams ended up shooting 66.7% from the field while collecting 13 points and 4 rebounds.
Orlando has a record of 17-34 for the year. Orlando has scored 5,332 points this year (104.5 per game) and they grab 46.0 boards per game. The Magic are responsible for committing 16.9 fouls every game and they hit 78.2% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Magic are shooting 43.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 30th in basketball. They are getting an assist 22.5 times per contest (26th in basketball) and they are turning it over 13.0 times per game. The Magic defensively are ranked 17th in the league in PPG given up with 111.7. The Orlando defense allows 37.0% on shots from distance (706 of 1,907) and their opposition knocks down 78.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 25.9 assists and 46.4 rebounds every game, which ranks them 24th and 23rd in basketball. They are able to force 13.0 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.9% from the field (21st in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Indiana (-5.5)
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