Orlando Magic vs Indiana Pacers Prediction, 1/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando Magic vs Indiana Pacers
Date: Friday, January 22, 2021
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+4)
The Orlando Magic (7-8) are headed to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday where they'll take on the Indiana Pacers (8-6). Orlando opens this matchup as 4-point dogs. The total opens at 219.5.
The Orlando Magic faced off with the Minnesota Timberwolves and notched a win by a score of 97-96 in their last contest. Orlando finished the game having earned a 39.1% field goal percentage (36 of 92) and buried 10 of 31 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Magic made 15 of their 21 shots for a percentage of 71.4%. In the matter of rebounding, they collected a total of 48 with 13 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 26 assists in this game in addition to having 5 steals and 8 blocks. Concerning defense, Orlando allowed 42.4% from the field on 36 of 85 shooting. Minnesota earned 25 assists and had 5 steals for this game. Additionally, the Timberwolves snagged 43 rebounds (8 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 12 blocks. Minnesota ended up shooting 64.3% at the charity stripe by burying 9 of 14 tries. They also converted 15 out of their 35 attempts from beyond the arc.
Nikola Vučević is a guy who came through for this contest. He left the arena with 28 points on 11 of 27 shooting. He was on the court for 42:54 mins and collected 8 rebounds. Vučević ended up going 40.7% from the field and earned 4 dimes. Someone else that was a major factor in the matchup for the Magic was Evan Fournier. He had 2 boards and collected 2 dimes. He shot 42.9% from the field for this contest via 9-of-21 (24 points). When all was said and done, Fournier was on the hardwood for 28:19 minutes.
Orlando heads into this game with a mark of 7-8 on the season. The Magic are hitting 31.8% on 3-pointers (149 of 469) and 79.5% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 104.0 points per game (28th in the NBA) while shooting 42.6% from the floor. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.2 times per game and as a squad they commit 17.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Orlando is grabbing 46.5 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 317 dimes so far this year, which is 23rd in basketball in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Magic are forcing 14.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.9 fouls. They are giving up 36.9% from beyond the arc and they rank 12th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (109.7). The Magic defense is giving up a FG percentage of 47.3% (217 of 283) and they concede 45.6 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 20th in the league in giving up assists with 362 conceded so far this season.
The last time they took the court, the Indiana Pacers went home defeated by a final of 124-112 when they played the Dallas Mavericks. The Pacers earned 30 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 38 for this game. They stuffed 3 shots while recording 6 steals for this contest. The Mavericks earned 17 fouls in this game which took the Pacers to the free throw line for 21 tries. They were able to convert 14 of the free throws for a percentage of 66.7%. In relation to shots from beyond the perimeter, Indiana buried 16 out of 39 tries (41.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Pacers finished shooting 41 out of 92 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 44.6%. The Pacers permitted the Mavericks to make 51 of their 97 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 52.6% for the game. They went 29.6% from three-point range by shooting 8 of 27 and ended up going 14 out of 17 at the charity stripe (82.4%). When talking about team rebounding, Indiana allowed Dallas to snag 49 overall (9 offensive).
Malcolm Brogdon ended up being important for the Pacers for the game. He made 9 of 20 in this contest for a field goal rate of 45.0%, which earned him 26 points. Brogdon snagged 3 boards in his 37:39 minutes of time on the hardwood and had 5 assists in the matchup. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Indiana was Domantas Sabonis. He notched 25 points in 40:47 mins on the court by way of 9 of 15 shooting for this game. Sabonis walked away from this one going 60.0% from the floor as well as totaling 4 dimes and 10 rebounds.
Indiana has a win-loss mark of 8-6 on the year. The Pacers commit 21.1 fouls every game while shooting 74.1% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 26.3 times per game (6th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 13.5 times per contest. Indiana has tallied 1,580 pts on the year (112.9 per contest) and they pull in 42.0 boards per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Pacers are hitting on 47.6% from the field, which has them ranked 9th in the NBA. The Pacers on the defensive end are ranked 18th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 110.8. They are forcing 15.6 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.0% from the floor (22nd in the league). The Indiana defense gives up 39.0% from downtown (171 of 439) and their opposition knocks down 76.7% of their free throw shots. They surrender 24.4 dimes and 44.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 13th and 13th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Orlando (+4)
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