Washington Wizards vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 12/30/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Washington Wizards vs Orlando Magic
Date: Friday, December 30, 2022
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Amway Center is the location where the Orlando Magic will attempt to defeat the Washington Wizards on Friday.
The Wizards stepped onto the hardwood against the Suns and took home the win by a score of 127-102 in their last game. In regard to personal fouls, the Wizards walked away with 15 while the Suns had 21 personal fouls. They converted 13 out of their 31 shots from 3-point land. Phoenix finished the game shooting 68.8% at the charity stripe by making 11 of their 16 tries. Moreover, Phoenix totaled 30 rebounds (11 offensive, 19 defensive) and earned 6 rejections. Phoenix doled out 25 dimes and had 7 steals in the game. In relation to defense, Washington allowed the other team to go 44.8% from the field on 39 of 87 shooting. They also recorded 27 assists for this game in addition to forcing 11 turnovers and earning 7 steals. Pertaining to pulling down rebounds, they collected 46 with 12 of them being offensive. At the charity stripe, the Wizards converted 25 of 28 tries for a percentage of 89.3%. Washington walked away from the contest with a 57.3% FG percentage (47 out of 82) and made 8 of 26 shots from downtown.
Rui Hachimura is a guy who was a contributor in this matchup. He totaled 30 points on 11 out of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 28 mins and totaled 5 rebounds. Hachimura finished the contest at 84.6% from the field and also recorded 1 assist.
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Washington comes into this matchup with a record of 15-21 on the year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.6 times per game and as a squad they are committing 19.7 fouls every game. As a unit, Washington is collecting 43.3 boards per game and has tallied 887 assists on the season, which ranks 11th in basketball in terms of passing. The Wizards are shooting 34.4% on shots from downtown (392 of 1,139) and 76.7% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 111.8 pts per game (20th in the NBA) while shooting 48.0% from the floor.
On the defensive end of the court, the Wizards are able to force 12.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.6 fouls. They are currently ranked 10th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 854 relinquished on the season. The Wizards defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 46.5% (1,484 of 3,194) and they concede 43.3 boards per game as a unit. They are conceding 37.2% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 15th in the NBA in points per game allowed (113.3).
In their last game, the Magic went home defeated by a final of 121-101 against the Pistons. The Magic snagged 32 defensive boards and 15 offensive rebounds for a total of 47 in this contest. They turned it over 13 times, while getting 5 steals for this game. The Pistons committed 25 fouls in this contest which took the Magic to the free throw line for a total of 34 tries. They were able to knock down 26 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 76.5%. In terms of 3-point attempts, Orlando converted 5 out of 22 attempts (22.7%). When the game finished, the Magic ended up shooting 35 out of 85 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.2%. The Magic allowed the Pistons to bury 36 out of their 80 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 45.0% for the contest. They finished 42.9% from behind the 3-point line by going 18 out of 42 and walked away from this one shooting 31 of 40 from the free throw line (77.5%). In reference to how they cleaned up the glass, Orlando allowed Detroit to pull down 49 in all (11 on the offensive glass).
Franz Wagner was important for the Magic in the matchup. He buried 7 out of 15 in the matchup giving him a rate of 46.7%, and earned 6 rebounds. Wagner racked up 19 points in his 29 minutes of playing time and tallied 3 dimes in this game.
Orlando has a mark of 13-23 for the year. The Magic are committing 20.9 personal fouls per game and they shoot 79.8% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 22.0 times per contest (28th in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.8 times per contest. Orlando has earned 3,961 pts so far this season (110.0 per contest) and they snag 43.4 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Magic are shooting 46.9% from the field, which is 16th in the league.
The Orlando defense allows 33.9% on shots from distance (458 of 1,353) and their opposition makes 78.6% of their foul shots. They have conceded 25.4 assists and 41.6 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 18th and 4th in the league. The Magic defensively are ranked 16th in the league in points allowed per contest with 113.8. They have forced 13.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.1% from the field (16th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington
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