Orlando Magic vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 10/31/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Orlando Magic vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports SoCal
Crypto.com Arena is the location where the Los Angeles Clippers (2-1) will attempt to defeat the Orlando Magic (2-0) on Tuesday.
The Magic faced off with the Trail Blazers and went home with a win by a final score of 102-97 in their last game. Orlando finished the contest having earned a 45.6% field goal percentage (36 of 79) and made 9 of their 28 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Magic buried 21 of 32 tries for a rate of 65.6%. With regard to hauling in boards, they compiled a total of 45 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 22 assists in the game while forcing 16 turnovers and getting 10 steals. In reference to defending, Orlando allowed their opponent to shoot 39.8% from the floor on 35 of 88 shooting. Portland dished out 15 dimes and had 6 steals for this game. In addition, Portland grabbed 47 rebounds (15 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Portland ended up shooting 85.7% from the charity stripe by knocking down 18 of 21 tries. They also made 9 of 32 shots from 3-point range. In the matter of fouls, the Magic ended up finishing with 16 while the Trail Blazers finished the game with 24 fouls.
Franz Wagner is a player who was a factor in the matchup. Wagner ended up shooting 37.5% from the floor and recorded 3 dimes. He saw the court for 35 mins and also pulled down 5 rebounds. He ended up scoring 23 points on 6 out of 16 shooting.
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Orlando comes into this matchup with a record of 2-0 for the year. They average 109.0 points per outing (20th in basketball) while connecting on 47.0% from the field. The Magic are hitting 29.0% on three-point shots (18 of 62) and 75.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Orlando is pulling down 51.0 boards per contest and has totaled 41 dimes this season, which is 29th in the NBA in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 15.0 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 18.0 fouls per game.
On defense, the Magic are forcing 17.5 turnovers per game while drawing 24.0 personal fouls. They currently rank 1st in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 34 surrendered this season. The Magic defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 40.1% (67 of 167) and they concede 39.0 rebounds per game as a squad. They are relinquishing 31.8% from beyond the arc and they are 1st in the NBA in PPG allowed (91.5).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Clippers took home the win by a final score of 123-83 when they played the Spurs. With respect to rebounding, Los Angeles allowed San Antonio to grab 37 overall (6 on the offensive side). They finished the game shooting 33.3% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 11 of 33 and ended up going 12 out of 16 at the free throw line (75.0%). The Clippers allowed the Spurs to make 30 of their 80 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 37.5% for the game. At the conclusion of this game, the Clippers ended up shooting 47 for 91 from the floor which had them sitting at 51.6%. In relation to shooting from 3-point land, Los Angeles knocked down 16 out of their 42 attempts (38.1%). They were able to make 13 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 61.9%. The Spurs committed 23 personal fouls for the game which got the Clippers to the charity stripe for 21 attempts. They also turned it over 16 times, while recording 15 steals in the game. The Clippers recorded 39 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 48 in this matchup.
Kawhi Leonard ended up being a factor for the Clippers in this contest. Leonard totaled 21 points in his 28 mins of playing time and had 4 dimes in this matchup. He buried 6 out of 13 in the matchup for a rate of 46.2%, and accumulated 3 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a win-loss record of 2-1 on the year. The Clippers are responsible for committing 19.3 personal fouls per game and they connect on 73.8% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 25.3 times per game (13th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 16.7 times per game. Los Angeles has scored 364 pts this season (121.3 per contest) and they average 43.0 boards per contest. As an offensive unit, the Clippers are shooting 52.3% from the floor, which is 2nd in the league.
The Los Angeles defense gives up 34.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter (37 of 106) and opponents are connecting on 81.8% of their foul shots. They allow 22.7 dimes and 40.7 rebounds per contest, which is 9th and 6th in basketball. The Clippers on defense are ranked 8th in the league in PPG given up with 104.7. They are forcing 19.0 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 43.1% from the field (9th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Orlando
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