New Orleans Pelicans vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 4/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Orlando Magic
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (-7.5)
The Orlando Magic (18-40) host the New Orleans Pelicans (25-33) at Amway Center on Thursday. Orlando opens this contest as 7.5-point dogs. The total has been set at 225.
The New Orleans Pelicans took the court against the Brooklyn Nets and took a loss by a final of 134-129 in their last contest. New Orleans ended with a 56.0% FG percentage (51 of 91) and knocked down 12 out of their 33 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Pelicans knocked down 15 of 24 shots for a rate of 62.5%. With respect to hauling in boards, they earned 37 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 28 assists in this contest as well as creating 13 turnovers and having 5 steals. In relation to the defense, New Orleans allowed 55.1% from the field on 49 of 89 shooting. Brooklyn recorded 30 dimes and had 7 steals for the game. Furthermore, Brooklyn grabbed 44 boards (10 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Brooklyn finished the game shooting 78.6% from the charity stripe by making 22 of 28 attempts. They also made 14 out of their 37 attempts from beyond the arc.
Zion Williamson is a guy who played a role in this contest. He accounted for 33 points on 14 of 19 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34:40 mins played and also totaled 7 rebounds. Williamson went 73.7% from the field and earned 4 assists. Another guy that was a factor in the matchup for the Pelicans was Brandon Ingram. He totaled 4 rebounds in 31:56 min played on the night. He finished the contest at 58.8% from the field for this game by shooting 10-of-17 (27 points). When the final whistle was blown, Ingram had 5 assists.
New Orleans comes into this game with a mark of 25-33 so far this year. They are giving up possession 14.4 times per contest and as a squad are committing 17.9 fouls per contest. As a team, New Orleans is pulling down 46.8 rebounds per game and has earned 1,509 assists this season, which is 10th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Pelicans are connecting on 34.7% on 3-pointers (620 of 1,785) and 73.6% from the free throw line. They are averaging 114.7 points per outing (6th in the NBA) while going 48.0% from the floor. Defensively, the Pelicans have forced 13.0 turnovers every game and they draw 21.3 personal fouls. They are giving up 38.9% on shots from distance and they are ranked 27th in basketball in PPG allowed (115.4). The Pelicans defensively are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 47.3% (752 of 1,238) and they surrender 40.9 boards per contest as a group. They currently rank 28th in basketball in giving up assists with 1,515 conceded so far this year.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Orlando Magic took a loss by a final score of 112-96 when they faced the Atlanta Hawks. The Magic were able to corral 34 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards totaling 40 for the matchup. They also coughed up the ball 10 times, while earning 11 steals for the matchup. The Hawks committed 22 fouls for the matchup which got the Magic to the free throw line for a total of 29 attempts. They were able to knock down 20 of the free throws for a rate of 69.0%. When it comes to shooting from downtown, Orlando made 8 out of their 37 tries (21.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Magic finished the game shooting 34 out of 86 from the field which gave them a percentage of 39.5%. The Magic allowed the Hawks to bury 39 out of their 94 tries from the floor which had them shooting 41.5% for this contest. They went 26.5% from three-point range by shooting 9 of 34 and ended up shooting 25 of 29 at the free throw line (86.2%). In relation to how they attacked the glass, Orlando allowed Atlanta to snag 65 overall (18 on the offensive glass).
Cole Anthony ended up having an impact for the Magic in the game. He made 6 out of 15 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 40.0%, and had 5 rebounds. Anthony accumulated 17 points in his 30:59 mins on the court and totaled 8 dimes in this contest. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Orlando was Wendell Carter. He came away with no assists in 25:50 minutes played, and he knocked down 6 out of 8 from the floor. Carter finished going 75.0% from the field and also notching 17 points and 9 total rebounds.
Orlando has a record of 18-40 on the campaign. The Magic commit 16.9 personal fouls per game and they shoot 77.4% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 22.3 times per contest (28th in the NBA) and they cough up possession 12.9 times per contest. Orlando has accounted for 6,045 pts so far this year (104.2 per game) and they pull in 45.4 boards per game. As an offense, the Magic are shooting 43.1% from the field, which is ranked 30th in the league. The Magic on the defensive side of the court are 17th in the league in PPG allowed with 112.0. The Orlando defense gives up 37.4% on three-point shots (802 of 2,145) and opponents are connecting on 78.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 25.8 assists and 46.7 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 25th and 26th in the league. They are able to force 13.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.0% from the floor (20th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Orlando (+7.5)
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