Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 4/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (-2.5)
Amalie Arena is the site where and the Toronto Raptors (22-34) will take on the Orlando Magic (18-37) on Friday. Orlando opens this contest as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 219.
The Orlando Magic faced the Chicago Bulls and went home with a win by a final score of 115-106 in their last contest. Orlando wrapped up the contest having earned a 49.4% field goal percentage (44 out of 89) and converted 12 of their 27 3-pointers. When they shot from the free throw line, the Magic made 15 of their 20 shots for a percentage of 75.0%. In terms of pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 46 with 13 of them being offensive. They also distributed 29 assists for the contest in addition to creating 12 turnovers and earning 8 steals. When it comes to the defense, Orlando allowed the other team to go 47.7% from the field on 41 of 86 shooting. Chicago totaled 23 dimes and had 7 steals in this matchup. Additionally, Chicago grabbed 40 rebounds (7 offensive, 33 defensive) and got 10 blocks. Chicago ended up going 77.8% at the charity stripe by making 7 of 9 attempts. They made 17 out of their 37 shots from 3-point land.
James Ennis is someone who had an impact for the matchup. He totaled 22 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 30:30 minutes played and also pulled down 4 rebounds. Ennis finished the contest at 66.7% from the field and recorded 3 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the game for the Magic was Wendell Carter Jr.. He grabbed 12 rebounds in 31:14 min on the basketball court. He went 50.0% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 8-of-16 (19 points). When all was said and done, Carter Jr. tallied 4 assists.
Orlando heads into this contest with a win-loss mark of 18-37 on the season. The Magic are connecting on 34.8% from downtown (621 of 1,785) and 77.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 104.3 pts per game (29th in the NBA) while hitting 43.1% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.9 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 16.9 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Orlando is grabbing 45.8 boards per contest and has earned 1,232 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 26th in the NBA in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Magic are forcing their opponents into 12.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.3 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 37.4% from 3-point land and they are ranked 18th in the league in points per game from their opponents (112.0). The Magic defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 47.0% (708 of 1,004) and they concede 46.5 rebounds per game as a squad. They are currently ranked 25th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,428 conceded on the campaign.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Toronto Raptors took home the win by a final score of 117-112 when they played the San Antonio Spurs. The Raptors earned 41 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards for a total of 54 in the game. They also turned the ball over 12 times, while getting 8 steals for this game. The Spurs earned 19 personal fouls for this game which took the Raptors to the free throw line for 25 tries. They were able to knock down 21 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 84.0%. In terms of 3-point shots, Toronto made 14 of their 30 attempts (46.7%). At the conclusion of this game, the Raptors finished the game shooting 41 for 88 from the field which had them shooting 46.6%. The Raptors allowed the Spurs to convert 38 of 90 tries from the floor which had them at 42.2% for the matchup. They finished shooting 42.5% from beyond the arc by going 17 out of 40 and finished the game at 19 of 27 from the charity stripe (70.4%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Toronto allowed San Antonio to grab 42 in total (13 on the offensive glass).
OG Anunoby ended up being important for the Raptors in the game. He converted 7 out of 14 in this matchup giving him a rate of 50.0%, and accounted for 4 rebounds. Anunoby accumulated 22 points in his 34:06 minutes on the hardwood and had 3 dimes for the matchup. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Toronto was Pascal Siakam. He ended up with 6 dimes in 37:25 minutes played, and he converted 7 of 20 from the floor. Siakam wrapped this one up going 35.0% from the floor and also totaling 20 points and 11 boards.
Toronto has a mark of 22-34 so far this season. As an offense, the Raptors are hitting on 45.0% from the floor, which has them ranked 24th in basketball. Toronto has accounted for 6,271 pts on the campaign (112.0 per game) and they collect 41.4 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 24.2 times per game (20th in basketball) and they are turning it over 13.4 times per game. The Raptors are responsible for committing 21.8 personal fouls per game and they connect on 82.4% from the charity stripe. The Raptors on defense are ranked 16th in the league in PPG surrendered with 111.6. The Toronto defense surrenders 37.6% on 3-point shots (780 of 2,072) and their opponents are connecting on 79.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 26.1 assists and 46.0 boards per contest, ranking them 27th and 23rd in the NBA. They are forcing their opponents into 16.4 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.7% from the field (10th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto (+2.5)
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