Orlando Magic vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 3/28/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando Magic vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+7.5)
The Los Angeles Lakers (29-17) host the Orlando Magic (15-30) at STAPLES Center on Sunday. The spread on this matchup has Los Angeles as 7.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 208.
The Orlando Magic faced off with the Portland Blazers and went home with a loss by a final score of 112-105 in their last contest. Orlando walked away from the contest with a 44.2% FG percentage (42 out of 95) and converted 12 out of their 27 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Magic made 9 of 17 shots for a rate of 52.9%. Pertaining to rebounding, they earned 40 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 29 assists in this contest while forcing 16 turnovers and getting 7 steals. With respect to defense, Orlando allowed the other team to shoot 47.1% from the field on 40 out of 85 shooting. Portland doled out 21 dimes and had 7 steals for the game. Moreover, Portland collected 46 rebounds (10 offensive, 36 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Portland finished the game at 66.7% from the charity stripe by converting 14 of their 21 attempts. They also made 18 of their 40 attempts from distance.
Chuma Okeke is one player who was a contributor in this game. He had 22 points on 9 out of 15 shooting. He was on the court for 37:03 mins played and also pulled down 6 rebounds. Okeke finished shooting 60.0% from the field and recorded 4 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in this matchup for the Magic was James Ennis. He grabbed 3 rebounds in 35:51 min played on the night. He finished shooting 60.0% from the field in the game by shooting 6-of-10 (18 points). Overall, Ennis earned 4 assists.
Orlando heads into this game with a mark of 15-30 on the campaign. They currently have an average of 104.6 points per game (29th in the league) on 43.2% from the field. The Magic are hitting 35.8% on shots beyond the perimeter (542 of 1,514) and 77.9% from the free throw line. As a unit, Orlando is pulling down 46.2 boards per contest and has tallied 1,024 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 24th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 13.2 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 16.8 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Magic are able to force 12.6 turnovers every game while drawing 17.9 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 36.7% from 3-point land and they are 15th in the league in opponents PPG (111.3). The Magic are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 46.8% (568 of 805) and they surrender 46.0 rebounds per game as a squad. They currently rank 22nd in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,149 relinquished on the campaign.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Los Angeles Lakers got the victory with a final of 100-86 when they played the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Lakers were able to snag 36 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 in the game. They also coughed up the ball 23 times, while earning 15 steals for this game. The Cavaliers earned 19 personal fouls for the contest which took the Lakers to the charity stripe for a total of 25 tries. They were able to convert 18 of the free throw tries for a rate of 72.0%. When it comes to 3-point shots, Los Angeles made 6 out of their 26 tries (23.1%). In all, the Lakers ended up going 38 for 78 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.7%. The Lakers permitted the Cavaliers to make 31 out of their 80 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 38.8% in this game. They went 19.2% from distance by going 5 out of 26 and ended up going 19 out of 28 at the charity stripe (67.9%). When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Los Angeles allowed Cleveland to get 37 in total (10 offensive).
Dennis Schröder ended up being a factor for the Lakers for the matchup. He converted 7 of 12 in this game for a field goal percentage of 58.3%, and had 5 rebounds. Schröder earned 17 points in his 31:55 minutes on the hardwood and added 7 assists for this game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Los Angeles was Markieff Morris. He ended up with 2 assists in his 27:21 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 5 of 10 from the floor. Morris walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor while also collecting 13 points and 5 boards.
Los Angeles has a record of 29-17 this year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Lakers are hitting on 48.1% from the field, which ranks them 8th in the NBA. Los Angeles has earned 5,107 pts for the season (111.0 per game) and they pull in 45.1 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 24.6 times per contest (16th in the league) and they are turning it over 15.3 times per contest. The Lakers are committing 19.0 fouls per game while shooting 74.5% from the free throw line. The Lakers on the defensive end are ranked 2nd in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 106.3. The Los Angeles defense gives up 34.9% on 3-point shots (529 of 1,514) and their opposition knocks down 76.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 25.2 dimes and 41.7 total boards per game, which has them ranked 19th and 4th in the league. They have forced 14.9 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.5% from the field (7th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-7.5) and over 208 points
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