Phoenix Suns vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 3/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Orlando Magic
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Fox Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-4.5)
Amway Center is the venue where and the Orlando Magic (14-28) will play the Phoenix Suns (28-13) on Wednesday. Phoenix opens this contest as 4.5-point favorites. The total is set at 228.5.
The Phoenix Suns stepped onto the hardwood against the Los Angeles Lakers and walked away with a win by a score of 111-94 in their last contest. Phoenix ended having earned a 48.3% field goal percentage (42 out of 87) and knocked down 9 of their 32 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Suns made 18 of their 23 shots for a rate of 78.3%. In regard to rebounding, they compiled 51 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 30 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and earning 7 steals. In the matter of defense, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 41.2% from the floor on 35 out of 85 shooting. Los Angeles doled out 20 dimes and had 3 steals in the matchup. In addition, Los Angeles had 41 rebounds (7 offensive, 34 defensive) and earned 6 rejections. Los Angeles finished shooting 67.9% from the charity stripe by burying 19 of 28 attempts. They also buried 5 of 25 shots from beyond the arc.
Devin Booker is a guy who came through in this game. He was able to score 26 points on 11 of 22 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33:34 mins and snagged 9 rebounds. Booker ended up going 50.0% from the floor and also distributed 4 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Suns was Deandre Ayton. He snagged 8 rebounds in his 32:03 minutes on the court. He finished the game shooting 76.9% from the field in the game by hitting 10-of-13 (26 points). In all, Ayton had accumulated 2 assists.
Phoenix heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 28-13 so far this year. They currently have an average of 114.1 pts per game (11th in basketball) while hitting 49.0% from the floor. The Suns are shooting 38.4% on 3-point shots (542 of 1,410) and 82.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, Phoenix is pulling in 43.4 boards per game and has accounted for 1,121 dimes so far this season, which is 6th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 13.4 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 19.9 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Suns are forcing their opponents into 13.2 turnovers every game while drawing 18.0 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 1st in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 896 conceded so far this year. The Suns defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.8% (542 of 739) and they concede 42.9 rebounds per game as a team. They concede 34.4% on three-point shots while they are 3rd in basketball in opponents points per game (107.5).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Orlando Magic took a defeat with a final score of 112-96 when they played the Boston Celtics. The Magic snagged 35 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 44 in this game. They turned the ball over 6 times, while recording 6 steals for this game. The Celtics earned 21 fouls for this contest which took the Magic to the free throw line for 30 shots. They were able to knock down 21 of those for a clip of 70.0%. In relation to shooting from downtown, Orlando converted 11 out of their 34 attempts (32.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Magic ended up going 32 out of 84 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.1%. The Magic allowed the Celtics to convert 40 of their 88 attempts from the field which had them shooting 45.5% for the game. They went 41.8% from 3-point land via 23 out of 55 and ended up shooting 9 of 9 from the charity stripe (100.0%). Concerning how they rebounded, Orlando allowed Boston to collect 45 in total (7 offensive).
Nikola Vucevic was important for the Magic in this contest. He made 9 of 20 in the game giving him a rate of 45.0%, and added 13 rebounds. Vucevic recorded 22 points in his 36:50 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 3 dimes for this game. One more player who was a determining factor for Orlando was Evan Fournier. He came away with 2 assists in 35:21 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 6 out of 19 from the floor. Fournier walked away from this one going 31.6% from the floor as well as earning 16 points and 5 total rebounds.
Orlando has a win-loss record of 14-28 this year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Magic are connecting on 43.1% from the floor, which ranks them 30th in the league. Orlando has accounted for 4,389 pts on the campaign (104.5 per game) and they pull in 46.5 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 22.6 times per contest (27th in the NBA) and they turn it over 13.3 times per contest. The Magic commit 16.8 personal fouls per contest while shooting 78.5% from the free throw line. The Magic on defense are ranked 15th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 111.3. They concede 25.7 assists and 45.9 boards every game, which is 23rd and 22nd in basketball. The Orlando defense concedes 36.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (580 of 1,578) and their opposition makes 77.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 12.6 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.8% from the field (16th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Orlando (+4.5) and over 228.5 points
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