Los Angeles Lakers vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 4/26/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Orlando Magic
Date: Monday, April 26, 2021
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-5)
Amway Center is the venue where and the Orlando Magic (18-41) will play the Los Angeles Lakers (35-25) on Monday. The spread on this matchup has Los Angeles as 5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 219.
The Los Angeles Lakers faced the Dallas Mavericks and ended up losing by a score of 108-93 in their last game. Los Angeles walked away from the contest having earned a 38.4% field goal percentage (33 of 86) and made 12 of their 45 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Lakers knocked down 15 of 19 shots for a rate of 78.9%. When it comes to pulling down boards, they compiled 36 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 22 assists for the game as well as forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and having 11 steals. With regard to defense, Los Angeles allowed the other team to shoot 48.7% from the field on 38 of 78 shooting. Dallas totaled 26 dimes and had 3 steals for the game. In addition, Dallas grabbed 51 boards (10 offensive, 41 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Dallas shot 76.0% when shooting free throws by making 19 of their 25 shots. They also buried 13 out of their 30 shots from 3-point range.
Ben McLemore is someone who was important for the game. He was able to score 20 points on 7 out of 12 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 29:17 minutes played and also totaled 2 boards. McLemore walked away from this one shooting 58.3% from the field but had no assists when the time ran out. One more player that was a major contributor in this contest for the Lakers was Anthony Davis. He snagged 3 rebounds in his 28:19 minutes on the hardwood. He finished the game shooting 26.3% from the field for this contest by connecting on 5-of-19 (17 points). When the time ran out, Davis accounted for 3 assists.
Los Angeles will play this contest with a mark of 35-25 on the year. They average 109.6 points per game (23rd in the league) while going 47.3% from the floor. The Lakers are shooting 35.4% on shots from beyond the arc (669 of 1,888) and 74.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Los Angeles is snagging 44.4 boards per game and is sitting with 1,469 assists this year, which has them ranked 17th in the league in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 15.4 times per game and as a team they commit 19.1 personal fouls per game. On defense, the Lakers are able to force 15.4 turnovers every game and they draw 21.2 fouls. They are ranked 16th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,487 relinquished so far this season. The Lakers are allowing a FG percentage of 45.7% (922 of 1,270) and they surrender 42.2 boards per game as a unit. They are giving up 35.0% from 3-point land and they are 2nd in the NBA in PPG allowed (106.3).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Orlando Magic took a loss by a score of 135-100 against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Magic recorded 27 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards totaling 40 in the matchup. They coughed up the ball 4 times, while getting 6 steals in this matchup. The Pelicans were called for 16 personal fouls in this contest which took the Magic to the free throw line for a total of 19 tries. They were able to knock down 15 of those for a clip of 78.9%. In reference to shots from beyond the perimeter, Orlando knocked down 13 of their 36 attempts (36.1%). In all, the Magic finished the game shooting 36 out of 98 from the floor which had them shooting 36.7%. The Magic allowed the Pelicans to make 50 of 90 attempts from the field which left them shooting 55.6% in the matchup. They went 42.9% from 3-point land by going 12 of 28 and ended up going 23 of 26 at the free throw line (88.5%). In the matter of how they attacked the glass, Orlando allowed New Orleans to snag 58 in all (12 on the offensive glass).
Mo Bamba pitched in for the Magic in this contest. He made 6 out of 15 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 40.0%, and accumulated 12 rebounds. Bamba scored 17 points in his 27:49 mins on the court, but wasn't able to tally an assist. One more player that ended being a contributor for Orlando was Cole Anthony. He finished with 3 dimes in 25:08 minutes on the court, and he put in 6 out of 13 from the floor. Anthony ended the game having shot 46.2% from the field while also notching 14 points and 2 boards.
Orlando has a record of 18-41 on the year. Orlando has 6,145 points so far this year (104.2 per contest) and they grab 45.3 boards per contest. The Magic commit 16.9 fouls every game and they shoot 77.5% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Magic are connecting on 43.0% from the field, which ranks 30th in the NBA. Their rate of earning assists is at 22.1 times per game (28th in the league) and they are turning it over 12.8 times per game. The Magic on the defensive end are ranked 17th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 112.4. The Orlando defense concedes 37.5% on shots from behind the 3-point line (814 of 2,173) and their opponents are connecting on 79.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 26.0 assists and 46.9 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 27th and 26th in basketball. They are forcing their opponents into 13.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.1% from the floor (23rd in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Orlando (+5)
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