Orlando Magic vs Miami Heat Prediction, 12/26/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Orlando Magic vs Miami Heat
Date: Sunday, December 26, 2021
Location: FTX Arena in Miami, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
The Orlando Magic (7-25) are on their way to FTX Arena on Sunday where they will take on the Miami Heat (19-13).
The Magic faced off with the Hawks and took home the win by a score of 104-98 in their last contest. Orlando wrapped up the contest with a 44.7% FG percentage (38 of 85) and converted 11 of 37 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Magic buried 17 of 23 attempts for a percentage of 73.9%. In regard to getting rebounds, they compiled 40 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 27 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 8 turnovers and having 11 steals. Pertaining to defense, Orlando allowed the other team to shoot 40.0% from the field on 32 of 80 shooting. Atlanta totaled 49 assists and had 21 steals for this contest. Moreover, Atlanta pulled down 36 rebounds (13 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 5 rejections. Atlanta finished shooting 75.9% from the charity stripe by converting 22 of their 29 attempts. They also converted 12 out of their 31 shots from long range. Concerning personal fouls, the Magic ended up with 24 and the Hawks finished the game with 14 personal fouls.
Gary Harris is a guy who was a major contributor for this game. Harris finished 22.2% from the floor and recorded 4 assists. He played 31 minutes and also grabbed 2 boards. He accounted for 17 points on 2 out of 9 shooting.
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Orlando will take the court with a mark of 7-25 for the campaign. They are averaging 101.4 points per contest (28th in the league) while going 42.4% from the floor. The Magic are hitting 32.5% on 3-point shots (386 of 1,189) and 77.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Orlando is pulling down 44.4 rebounds per contest and has 704 assists for the campaign, which is 22nd in the NBA in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 15.1 times per game and as a unit they commit 19.2 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on defense, the Magic are forcing 0.4 turnovers per game and they draw 0.6 personal fouls. They are 27th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 26 surrendered on the year. The Magic defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 46.1% (42 of 90) and they surrender 1.5 boards per contest as a group. They give up 36.4% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 15th in the league in opponents PPG (3.5).
For their last game, the Heat got the victory with a final of 125-96 when they played the Pacers. In relation to rebounding, Miami permitted Indiana to collect 31 in all (11 on the offensive side). They finished 35.5% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 11 of 31 and finished the contest at 23 of 28 at the free throw line (82.1%). The Heat allowed the Pacers to convert 31 out of 87 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 35.6% for the matchup. In all, the Heat finished the game shooting 47 out of 95 from the floor which gave them a rate of 49.5%. When discussing three-point shots, Miami converted 22 of their 49 tries (44.9%). They were able to bury 9 of them for a percentage of 81.8%. The Pacers had 11 fouls in this matchup which took the Heat to the free throw line for 11 attempts. They gave up possession 11 times, while recording 5 steals for the contest. The Heat snagged 38 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds for a total of 53 in the matchup.
Tyler Herro ended up having an impact for the Heat for this game. He buried 8 of 17 for the matchup for a rate of 47.1%, and had 1 rebound. Herro accumulated 26 points in his 21 minutes on the court and added 5 assists in this game.
Miami has a mark of 19-13 so far this season. The Heat commit 20.3 fouls per contest and they go 78.8% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 25.3 times per game (7th in the NBA) and they turn it over 14.8 times per game. Miami has 3,431 pts for the season (107.2 per game) and they average 44.3 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Heat are connecting on 46.1% from the field, which has them ranked 11th in the league.
The Miami defense concedes 34.2% on 3-point shots (14 of 41) and their opponents are converting on 77.6% of their free throw shots. They surrender 0.7 dimes and 1.3 boards per game, which ranks 11th and 2nd in the league. The Heat on the defensive end are ranked 6th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 3.4. They are able to force 0.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 43.9% from the floor (5th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Miami
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