Orlando Magic vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction, 2/25/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando Magic vs Brooklyn Nets
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+8.5)
Barclays Center is the site where and the Brooklyn Nets (21-12) will play the Orlando Magic (13-19) on Thursday. Brooklyn opens this game as 8.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 231.
The Orlando Magic faced off with the Detroit Pistons and took a loss by a score of 105-93 in their last game. Orlando wrapped up the contest with a 37.5% FG percentage (33 of 88) and converted 14 of 38 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Magic made 13 of 22 tries for a rate of 59.1%. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they collected 48 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 25 assists for the contest in addition to getting 9 steals and 6 blocked shots. Regarding defense, Orlando allowed the other team to go 46.6% from the field on 41 out of 88 shooting. Detroit earned 24 assists and had 10 steals for the game. Moreover, the Pistons totaled 49 rebounds (8 offensive, 41 defensive) and had 9 blocked shots. Detroit finished the game at 81.3% at the charity stripe by converting 13 of their 16 attempts. They made 10 of 34 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Nikola Vučević is one player who was a factor in this matchup. He totaled 20 points on 9 of 22 shooting. He played for 32:48 minutes and pulled down 9 rebounds. Vucevic finished 40.9% from the field and distributed 4 assists. Another guy that was a major factor in this game for the Magic was Evan Fournier. He totaled 3 rebounds in his 32:34 minutes played on the night. He ended up going 28.6% from the field in this matchup by hitting 4-of-14 (14 points). When this game wrapped up, Fournier had 3 assists.
Orlando comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 13-19 for the year. The Magic are shooting 35.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (370 of 1,050) and 78.1% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 105.2 pts per contest (28th in the league) while connecting on 43.0% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 13.4 times per game and as a unit are committing 17.1 fouls every game. As a team, Orlando is grabbing 47.2 boards per game and has totaled 724 dimes for the year, which is 23rd in the league in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Magic are forcing 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.5 personal fouls. They are 23rd in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 813 relinquished so far this year. The Magic are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.7% (428 of 591) and they relinquish 46.1 rebounds per contest as a group. They are conceding 36.6% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 9th in basketball in points per game allowed (110.7).
When they last stepped on the court, the Brooklyn Nets walked away with a victory by a final of 127-118 when they faced the Sacramento Kings. The Nets corralled 31 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 41 for the contest. They also blocked 5 shots while earning 8 steals for this contest. The Kings earned 17 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Nets to the charity stripe for 31 attempts. They were able to make 22 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 71.0%. When talking about shots from beyond the arc, Brooklyn buried 17 of 40 attempts (42.5%). When the game finished, the Nets walked away from this one shooting 44 for 89 from the field which had them sitting at 49.4%. The Nets permitted the Kings to bury 45 of their 87 tries from the floor which left them shooting 51.7% in this contest. They finished 48.4% from downtown via 15 out of 31 and ended up shooting 13 out of 19 from the free throw line (68.4%). When discussing rebounding, Brooklyn allowed Sacramento to get 38 in all (5 offensive).
James Harden ended up being important for the Nets in the game. He knocked down 9 out of 22 for the game for a field goal rate of 40.9%, and totaled 11 rebounds. Harden tallied 29 points in his 40:50 mins on the court and had 14 assists in this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Brooklyn was Bruce Brown. He finished this one with 2 assists in his 25:23 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 11 out of 13 from the floor. Brown finished going 84.6% from the floor and also contributing 29 points and 4 boards.
Brooklyn has a win-loss mark of 21-12 so far this season. Brooklyn has totaled 3,998 points for the campaign (121.2 per contest) and they pull down 43.5 boards per game. The Nets commit 19.3 fouls per game and they hit 80.9% from the free throw line. In terms of offensive execution, the Nets are hitting on 50.1% from the field, which ranks 1st in basketball. They are earning an assist 26.9 times per game (4th in the NBA) and they cough up possession 14.5 times per contest. The Nets on the defensive side of the court are 28th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 117.0. The Brooklyn defense surrenders 36.6% on 3-pointers (420 of 1,147) and their opposition knocks down 78.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 24.9 assists and 42.9 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 17th and 8th in the league. They have forced 12.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 46.9% from the floor (19th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Brooklyn (-8.5)
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