Orlando Magic vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 1/15/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando Magic vs Boston Celtics
Date: Friday, January 15, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+3.5)
The Orlando Magic (6-5) head to TD Garden on Friday where they'll meet the Boston Celtics (7-3). Boston opens this matchup as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 223.
The Orlando Magic stepped onto the hardwood against the Milwaukee Bucks and took a loss by a score of 121-99 in their last contest. Orlando wrapped up the contest with a 42.9% field goal percentage (39 out of 91) and buried 11 of their 31 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Magic converted 10 of their 13 tries for a rate of 76.9%. In regard to hauling in boards, they earned a total of 44 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 24 assists in the game in addition to having 5 steals and 4 blocks. When it comes to defense, Orlando let their opponent shoot 50.5% from the floor on 46 of 91 shooting. Milwaukee recorded 25 dimes and had 15 steals for the game. Furthurmore, the Bucks collected 43 boards (11 offensive, 32 defensive) and added 7 blocks. Milwaukee ended up shooting 80.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 16 of their 20 tries. They also knocked down 13 out of their 35 tries from distance.
Nikola Vučević is a guy who was a major contributor in this contest. He ended up walking away with 28 points on 11 out of 24 shooting. He played 31:52 mins and pulled down 13 boards. Vučević finished 45.8% from the field and also distributed 5 assists. One more player that had an impact in this contest for the Magic was Aaron Gordon. He grabbed 5 rebounds and accounted for 8 assists. He ended up shooting 57.1% from the floor for the game by going 8-of-14 (21 points). Overall, Gordon saw the court for 35:14 minutes.
Orlando will enter this matchup with a mark of 6-5 for the year. The Magic are shooting 32.5% on 3-point shots (106 of 326) and 81.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 106.1 points per game (27th in the league) while going 43.6% from the floor. They cough up possession 13.5 times per game and as a group are committing 17.2 fouls per game. As a team, Orlando is collecting 46.8 boards per contest and has earned 231 assists on the year, which is 27th in the league in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Magic are forcing 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.5 personal fouls. The Magic defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 47.9% (163 of 215) and they surrender 45.6 boards per contest as a group. They currently rank 13th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 273 conceded for the year. They surrender 36.5% on three-point shots and they are ranked 13th in basketball in PPG allowed (110.3).
The last time they took the court, the Boston Celtics walked away with a victory by a final of 116-107 against the Washington Wizards. The Celtics snagged 38 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 49 in the game. They blocked 4 shots while recording 11 steals for the contest. The Wizards committed 24 fouls for the contest which took the Celtics to the charity stripe for 30 shots. They were able to make 22 of the free throws for a rate of 73.3%. When it comes to shots from 3-point land, Boston buried 12 out of 32 tries (37.5%). Overall, the Celtics ended up shooting 41 out of 86 from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.7%. The Celtics allowed the Wizards to bury 41 of 88 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.6% in the matchup. They finished the game shooting 37.9% from downtown by going 11 out of 29 and finished the contest at 14 out of 16 at the free throw line (87.5%). When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, Boston allowed Washington to collect 38 in all (7 on the offensive glass).
Jayson Tatum was important for the Celtics for the contest. He knocked down 14 out of 27 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 51.9%, which had him finishing with 32 points. Tatum snagged 5 rebounds in his 35:06 minutes of playing time and had 2 assists for this game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Boston was Jaylen Brown. He scored 27 points in his 37:40 mins on the court via 9 of 19 shooting in this matchup. Brown ended the game having shot 47.4% from the floor while also totaling 5 assists and 13 boards.
Boston has a win-loss mark of 7-3 on the campaign. The Celtics commit 21.4 fouls per game and they go 75.0% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 23.2 times per contest (22nd in basketball) and they turn it over 15.7 times per contest. Boston has totaled 1,130 pts on the season (113.0 per contest) and they pull in 45.2 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Celtics are shooting 48.0% from the floor, which is ranked 6th in the NBA. The Celtics on the defensive end are ranked 17th in the NBA in PPG given up with 111.2. They allow 23.1 assists and 41.1 boards per game, which is 8th and 3rd in basketball. The Boston defense gives up 36.9% on three-point shots (121 of 328) and opponents are connecting on 79.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have forced 15.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.8% from the field (21st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Orlando (+3.5)
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