Orlando Magic vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 1/15/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Orlando Magic vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Sunday, January 15, 2023
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+10)
The Denver Nuggets host the Orlando Magic at Ball Arena on Sunday. Orlando opens this game as 10-point underdogs. The total is 230.
The Magic took the court against the Jazz and went home with a loss by a final score of 112-108 in their last game. With respect to fouls, the Magic ended up finishing with 25 and the Jazz finished the game with 18 fouls. They converted 11 out of their 35 shots from long range. Utah finished shooting 72.5% from the charity stripe by making 29 of their 40 tries. In addition, Utah collected 59 rebounds (17 offensive, 42 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Utah totaled 15 assists and had 9 steals in the game. Regarding defense, Orlando allowed 43.4% from the floor on 36 of 83 shooting. They also recorded 23 assists for this contest as well as forcing 24 turnovers and having 13 steals. Concerning rebounding, they collected 40 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. From the free throw line, the Magic made 10 of their 16 tries for a rate of 62.5%. Orlando wrapped up the contest with a 43.8% field goal percentage (42 of 96) and converted 14 of their 36 shots from downtown.
Franz Wagner is one guy who was important in this matchup. Wagner finished shooting 50.0% from the floor and recorded 2 assists. He saw the court for 35 mins and pulled down 5 rebounds. He was able to score 26 points on 10 of 20 shooting.
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Orlando comes into this matchup with a record of 16-27 this year. They turn it over 15.4 times per contest and as a unit are committing 20.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Orlando is snagging 43.0 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 957 assists on the campaign, which is 28th in basketball in terms of passing. The Magic are shooting 34.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (464 of 1,344) and 79.0% from the free throw line. They are averaging 110.3 pts per game (27th in the league) while hitting 46.9% from the field.
Defensively, the Magic are forcing their opponents into 14.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.0 personal fouls. They are conceding 34.1% from beyond the arc while they are 17th in the NBA in opponents PPG (114.2). The Magic defense is giving up a FG percentage of 47.1% (1,778 of 3,775) and they surrender 42.6 boards per contest as a team. They are ranked 24th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,095 relinquished for the campaign.
When they last played, the Nuggets walked away with a victory by a final of 115-103 against the Clippers. When talking about how they rebounded, Denver allowed Los Angeles to pull down 43 in all (11 on the offensive glass). They finished 34.5% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 10 out of 29 and walked away from this one shooting 11 of 14 from the charity stripe (78.6%). The Nuggets allowed the Clippers to make 41 of 87 tries from the floor which had them shooting 47.1% for the matchup. When the final whistle was blown, the Nuggets walked away from this one shooting 41 out of 82 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.0%. Regarding shooting from distance, Denver converted 14 of their 33 attempts (42.4%). They were able to convert 19 of them for a clip of 76.0%. The Clippers earned 18 fouls for the contest which got the Nuggets to the free throw line for a total of 25 tries. They also coughed it up 10 times, while earning 7 steals in this matchup. The Nuggets corralled 33 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 43 for this game.
Jamal Murray pitched in for the Nuggets in this contest. He buried 8 out of 17 for the matchup for a rate of 47.1%, and accounted for 8 rebounds. Murray totaled 24 points in his 39 minutes of playing time and added 4 assists in this matchup.
Denver has a record of 28-13 for the year. The Nuggets are committing 19.2 fouls per game while shooting 75.3% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 28.6 times per game (2nd in the league) and they turn the ball over 15.0 times per game. Denver has accounted for 4,914 pts this year (117.0 per game) and they collect 43.3 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Nuggets are shooting 50.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 2nd in the NBA.
The Nuggets on the defensive side of the court are 14th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 113.0. They are forcing 13.6 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 47.9% from the floor (24th in the league). The Denver defense concedes 35.3% on 3-point shots (505 of 1,429) and opponents are converting on 75.5% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 26.2 assists and 40.3 rebounds every game, which ranks them 27th and 1st in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Orlando (+10)
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