Orlando Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 4/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando Magic vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+10)
The New Orleans Pelicans (21-25) host the Orlando Magic (16-31) at Smoothie King Center on Thursday. Orlando opens this contest as 10-point dogs. The total has been set at 224.
The Orlando Magic faced the Los Angeles Clippers and earned the victory with a final of 103-96 in their last contest. Orlando wrapped up the contest with a 41.3% field goal percentage (38 of 92) and knocked down 5 of their 17 three-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Magic buried 22 of their 25 shots for a rate of 88.0%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they compiled 50 with 15 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 23 assists for the matchup while forcing 14 turnovers and earning 10 steals. In terms of defense, Orlando allowed 41.6% from the floor on 37 out of 89 shooting. Los Angeles recorded 25 dimes and had 3 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Los Angeles pulled down 48 boards (12 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Los Angeles walked away from this one shooting 100.0% at the charity stripe by making 10 of 10 attempts. They also knocked down 12 of 37 attempts from 3-point range.
Chuma Okeke is someone who was a major factor in this contest. He left the arena with 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 28:09 minutes and snagged 4 rebounds. Okeke finished the game shooting 63.6% from the floor and also dished out 2 dimes. One more player that played a role in the game for the Magic was Michael Carter-Williams. He snagged 7 rebounds in 31:47 min on the basketball court. He ended up going 30.0% from the field for the game by going 3-of-10 (8 points). Overall, Carter-Williams tallied 9 assists.
Orlando enters this game with a win-loss mark of 16-31 this year. They have an average of 104.3 points per game (29th in the league) while connecting on 43.1% from the floor. The Magic are connecting on 35.7% on 3-pointers (558 of 1,564) and 78.2% from the free throw line. As a team, Orlando is collecting 46.4 boards per contest and has accumulated 1,066 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 25th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 13.1 times per contest and as a unit they commit 16.7 fouls per contest. On defense, the Magic are able to force 12.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.9 personal fouls. They are 25th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,199 conceded on the year. The Magic are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 46.6% (597 of 843) and they concede 46.2 rebounds per game as a team. They are giving up 36.4% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 9th in basketball in points per game allowed (110.6).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the New Orleans Pelicans went home victorious with a score of 115-109 against the Boston Celtics. The Pelicans earned 39 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 for this game. They also gave up possession of the ball 14 times, while earning 8 steals for the contest. The Celtics were called for 25 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Pelicans to the charity stripe for a total of 30 attempts. They were able to knock down 17 of those for a percentage of 56.7%. With respect to shots from downtown, New Orleans knocked down 16 of 31 attempts (51.6%). At the conclusion of this game, the Pelicans finished shooting 41 for 82 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0%. The Pelicans allowed the Celtics to bury 40 out of 93 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 43.0% for the matchup. They finished shooting 32.6% from distance via 14 of 43 and walked away from this one shooting 15 of 19 at the charity stripe (78.9%). With respect to rebounds, New Orleans allowed Boston to snag 46 in total (12 on the offensive glass).
Zion Williamson ended up being a major contributor for the Pelicans for the game. He converted 11 of 22 for the contest giving him a rate of 50.0%, and totaled 8 rebounds. Williamson accumulated 28 points in his 31:24 minutes on the hardwood and earned 3 assists in the game. One more player who came through for New Orleans was Brandon Ingram. He came away with 9 assists in 36:51 mins on the court, and he shot 7 of 17 from the floor. Ingram wrapped this one up going 41.2% from the field and also earning 25 points and 1 rebound.
New Orleans has a record of 21-25 so far this season. The Pelicans are responsible for committing 17.7 fouls per game and they hit 73.3% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 26.3 times per contest (9th in the league) and they turn it over 14.1 times per contest. New Orleans has accounted for 5,306 pts on the campaign (115.3 per game) and they average 46.3 boards per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Pelicans are connecting on 48.7% from the field, which ranks them 3rd in basketball. The Pelicans defensively are ranked 25th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 114.7. The New Orleans defense gives up 39.0% on shots from distance (701 of 1,798) and opponents are connecting on 80.5% of their free throw shots. They concede 26.4 assists and 40.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 27th and 1st in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 12.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 47.1% from the floor (23rd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Orlando (+10)
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