Denver Nuggets vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 2/9/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Orlando Magic
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
Amway Center is the location where the Orlando Magic will attempt to defeat the Denver Nuggets on Thursday.
The Nuggets played the Timberwolves and went home with a win by a final score of 146-112 in their last game. In the matter of fouls, the Nuggets left the arena with 21 and the Timberwolves accumulated 16 fouls. They also converted 10 out of their 35 shots from beyond the arc. Minnesota finished the game shooting 84.6% from the free throw line by making 22 of their 26 shots. In addition, Minnesota snagged 36 rebounds (8 offensive, 28 defensive) and earned 5 blocks. Minnesota doled out 24 dimes and had 6 steals in the game. When it comes to defense, Denver allowed the other team to go 47.1% from the floor on 40 of 85 shooting. They also recorded 44 dimes for the game as well as forcing the opposition into 17 turnovers and having 12 steals. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected 44 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Nuggets converted 17 of their 22 tries for a rate of 77.3%. Denver finished the game with a 62.4% field goal percentage (58 of 93) and made 13 out of their 27 shots from distance.
Michael Porter Jr. is one player who came through for the game. He accumulated 30 points on 11 of 15 shooting. He played for 29 minutes played and also grabbed 5 rebounds. Porter went 73.3% from the field and recorded 1 assist.
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Denver steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 38-17 on the year. They currently have an average of 117.4 pts per contest (6th in the league) while going 51.1% from the floor. The Nuggets are connecting on 39.7% on shots from beyond the arc (675 of 1,700) and 74.9% from the charity stripe. As a team, Denver is grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game and has racked up 1,591 assists for the campaign, which ranks 2nd in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 15.0 times per contest and as a unit they commit 19.3 personal fouls every game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Nuggets have forced 14.0 turnovers per game and they draw 20.2 fouls. They are ranked 22nd in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,417 conceded for the campaign. The Nuggets defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 48.1% (2,286 of 4,756) and they relinquish 40.2 rebounds per game as a unit. They surrender 35.1% on three-point shots and they are ranked 13th in the league in points per game allowed (113.0).
For their last game, the Magic took a loss by a score of 102-98 against the Knicks. When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Orlando allowed New York to get 43 in all (11 offensive). They wrapped up this game 34.9% from 3-point land by going 15 of 43 and walked away from this one shooting 13 of 19 at the charity stripe (68.4%). The Magic allowed the Knicks to convert 37 out of 81 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.7% for the contest. When the final whistle was blown, the Magic finished shooting 37 for 79 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.8%. In reference to 3-point shots, Orlando knocked down 6 out of 25 attempts (24.0%). They were able to convert 18 of the free throws for a clip of 75.0%. The Knicks had 22 fouls for this game which got the Magic to the charity stripe for a total of 24 attempts. They also turned the ball over 11 times, while getting 4 steals for the matchup. The Magic collected 32 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 41 in the matchup.
Markelle Fultz ended up being a factor for the Magic for the matchup. He knocked down 9 out of 12 for this game for a field goal percentage of 75.0%, and had 4 rebounds. Fultz earned 21 points in his 32 mins of playing time and accumulated 6 dimes for this contest.
Orlando has a win-loss mark of 22-33 for the year. The Magic are responsible for committing 20.4 fouls per contest and they go 78.8% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 22.6 times per game (27th in the league) and they are giving up possession 15.1 times per game. Orlando has accounted for 6,112 points on the campaign (111.1 per game) and they grab 42.7 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Magic are hitting on 47.1% from the floor, which ranks them 17th in the league.
The Orlando defense concedes 35.0% on 3-pointers (726 of 2,077) and their opponents are knocking down 77.8% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 25.9 dimes and 42.1 boards per game, which ranks 23rd and 6th in basketball. The Magic are ranked 17th in the NBA in points allowed per game with 114.2. They are forcing 14.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.5% from the floor (18th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Denver
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