Portland Blazers vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 3/26/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Portland Blazers vs Orlando Magic
Date: Friday, March 26, 2021
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Fox Sports Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Portland (-11)
Amway Center is the venue where and the Orlando Magic (15-29) will play the Portland Blazers (25-18) on Friday. The line on this contest has Portland as 11-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 227.
The Portland Blazers stepped onto the hardwood against the Brooklyn Nets and went home with a loss by a final score of 116-112 in their last game. Portland finished the game with a 40.0% FG percentage (36 of 90) and converted 19 out of their 55 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Blazers knocked down 21 of 23 attempts for a percentage of 91.3%. When discussing grabbing boards, they earned 44 with 13 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 25 assists in the matchup in addition to forcing the opposition into 8 turnovers and having 4 steals. In terms of defending, Portland let their opponent shoot 49.4% from the field on 43 of 87 shooting. Brooklyn distributed 25 assists and had 5 steals for the game. Moreover, Brooklyn snagged 47 boards (10 offensive, 37 defensive) and got 5 blocks. Brooklyn finished 77.8% at the charity stripe by knocking down 21 of their 27 attempts. They also knocked down 9 of 30 shots from 3-point land.
Damian Lillard is one player who was a contributor for this contest. He finished with 22 points on 5 of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 37:52 mins and also pulled down 3 boards. Lillard finished the contest at 29.4% from the field and also distributed 9 assists. One more player that came through in this contest for the Blazers was Enes Kanter. He had 19 rebounds in his 39:31 minutes played on the night. He finished the game shooting 75.0% from the field for the game by going 6-of-8 (19 points). In all, Kanter tallied 6 assists.
Portland comes into this game with a win-loss record of 25-18 so far this season. They are giving up possession 11.4 times per game and as a unit they are committing 19.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Portland is pulling in 43.5 rebounds per contest and has totaled 861 dimes so far this year, which ranks 30th in basketball in terms of passing. The Blazers are connecting on 37.9% on 3-point shots (696 of 1,838) and 83.6% from the free throw line. They are averaging 114.4 points per contest (10th in the league) while shooting 44.4% from the field. On the defensive end, the Blazers are able to force 12.7 turnovers per game while drawing 18.6 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 19th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,085 conceded this year. The Blazers are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 48.1% (548 of 799) and they relinquish 46.3 rebounds per game as a squad. They give up 37.6% on 3-point attempts while they are 27th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (115.5).
In their last game, the Orlando Magic went home victorious with a score of 112-111 against the Phoenix Suns. The Magic were able to collect 40 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 49 in this game. They also coughed up the ball 11 times, while earning 3 steals in this matchup. The Suns committed 15 fouls for the game which took the Magic to the charity stripe for 19 shots. They were able to make 15 of those for a rate of 78.9%. Pertaining to shots from beyond the arc, Orlando knocked down 13 of 37 attempts (35.1%). When the final whistle was blown, the Magic finished shooting 42 out of 90 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.7%. The Magic allowed the Suns to convert 40 of their 90 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 44.4% for the contest. They shot 33.3% from distance by connecting on 11 of 33 and finished the contest at 20 out of 22 at the charity stripe (90.9%). Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Orlando permitted Phoenix to snag 47 in all (10 offensive).
Nikola Vucevic ended up being a factor for the Magic in this game. He buried 11 of 19 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 57.9%, and had 14 rebounds. Vucevic earned 27 points in his 33:52 minutes on the hardwood and had 4 dimes in this game. One more player that was pivotal for Orlando was Evan Fournier. He finished with 2 dimes in 32:48 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 8 out of 16 from the floor. Fournier wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the floor while contributing 21 points but didn't collect a board.
Orlando has a win-loss mark of 15-29 so far this year. Orlando has scored 4,600 pts on the year (104.5 per contest) and they average 46.4 rebounds per game. The Magic are committing 16.8 fouls every game and they hit 78.4% from the free throw line. When it comes to offense, the Magic are hitting on 43.2% from the field, which has them ranked 30th in the NBA. They are assisting teammates 22.6 times per contest (27th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.3 times per contest. The Magic on defense are ranked 14th in basketball in PPG given up with 111.3. They have forced 12.5 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.8% from the field (16th in basketball). The Orlando defense gives up 36.5% on shots from distance (599 of 1,641) and opponents are connecting on 78.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 25.6 dimes and 46.0 total boards per game, which has them ranked 24th and 22nd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Portland (-11)
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