Orlando Magic vs Chicago Bulls Prediction, 4/14/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando Magic vs Chicago Bulls
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+9.5)
The Chicago Bulls (22-31) host the Orlando Magic (17-37) at United Center on Wednesday. Chicago opens this matchup as 9.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 222.
The Orlando Magic took the court against the San Antonio Spurs and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 120-97 in their last game. Orlando ended the contest with a 45.0% FG percentage (36 out of 80) and buried 5 out of their 20 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Magic knocked down 20 of their 32 attempts for a percentage of 62.5%. In reference to getting rebounds, they collected 44 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 15 assists for this game in addition to forcing 9 turnovers and having 6 steals. When it comes to defending, Orlando allowed 51.6% from the floor on 48 of 93 shooting. San Antonio doled out 30 dimes and had 6 steals for the matchup. On top of that, San Antonio totaled 47 boards (12 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 2 rejections. San Antonio walked away from this one shooting 77.8% at the free throw line by burying 14 of 18 tries. They converted 10 out of their 25 shots from downtown.
Wendell Carter Jr. is one player who played a role in this matchup. He ended up walking away with 15 points on 6 out of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 29:56 mins played and pulled down 8 rebounds. Carter Jr. walked away from this one shooting 54.5% from the field and also distributed 4 assists. Someone else that had an impact in this game for the Magic was Dwayne Bacon. He pulled down 3 rebounds in his 28:56 min on the court. He shot 42.9% from the floor in this matchup via 6-of-14 (14 points). At the conclusion of this game, Bacon totaled 2 assists.
Orlando comes into this matchup with a mark of 17-37 for the campaign. The Magic are shooting 37.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (746 of 2,005) and 78.6% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 112.1 pts per contest (13th in the NBA) while shooting 47.0% from the field. They are turning it over 12.9 times per contest and as a group they are committing 18.3 fouls every game. As a unit, Orlando is collecting 46.6 boards per game and is sitting with 1,405 assists this year, which is 6th in the league in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Magic have forced 12.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.3 fouls. They are ranked 25th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,405 surrendered on the season. The Magic defensively are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 47.0% (696 of 988) and they concede 46.6 rebounds per game as a squad. They relinquish 37.2% on shots from distance and they are ranked 18th in basketball in PPG allowed (112.1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Chicago Bulls took a loss by a final score of 101-90 when they faced the Memphis Grizzlies. The Bulls recorded 32 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 40 for the game. They gave up possession of the ball 17 times, while earning 8 steals in the game. The Grizzlies committed 20 personal fouls in this contest which took the Bulls to the charity stripe for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to knock down 13 of them for a clip of 76.5%. When discussing shooting from downtown, Chicago made 5 out of their 31 tries (16.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Bulls finished 36 for 86 from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.9%. The Bulls allowed the Grizzlies to convert 40 out of their 85 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 47.1% for this game. They went 32.1% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 9 out of 28 and finished the game at 12 of 14 from the free throw line (85.7%). In the matter of cleaning the glass, Chicago permitted Memphis to collect 51 overall (10 offensive).
Zach LaVine pitched in for the Bulls for the game. He converted 5 of 14 for the matchup giving him a rate of 35.7%, and had 4 rebounds. LaVine recorded 21 points in his 36:21 mins on the court and added 9 assists in this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Chicago was Thaddeus Young. He ended up finishing with 1 assist in his 19:43 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 10 of 15 from the floor. Young ended up shooting 66.7% from the field while also totaling 20 points and 1 rebound.
Chicago has a win-loss mark of 22-31 on the season. Chicago has earned 6,017 pts for the season (113.5 per game) and they collect 42.0 rebounds per contest. The Bulls are committing 18.4 fouls per contest while shooting 78.2% from the free throw line. In terms of offensive execution, the Bulls are shooting 47.6% from the floor, which ranks them 6th in the league. They are earning an assist 24.0 times per game (23rd in basketball) and they are turning it over 13.2 times per game. The Bulls on the defensive side of the court are 20th in basketball in PPG given up with 113.5. They relinquish 24.0 assists and 42.0 total boards per game, which has them ranked 8th and 5th in basketball. The Chicago defense surrenders 35.0% on shots from beyond the arc (599 of 1,709) and opponents are connecting on 78.2% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 13.2 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 47.6% from the field (25th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Orlando (+9.5)
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