Orlando Magic vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 3/18/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Orlando Magic vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Location: Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Bally Sports SoCal
Odds/Point Spread: Orlando (+9)
The Orlando Magic are hitting the road to Crypto.com Arena on Saturday where they will take on the Los Angeles Clippers. Orlando opens this game as 9-point dogs. The over/under is 232.
The Magic took the court against the Suns and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 116-113 in their last game. In regard to personal fouls, the Magic ended up with 20 and the Suns recorded 22 personal fouls. They also buried 13 out of their 35 attempts from 3-point land. Phoenix ended up shooting 100.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 17 of their 17 attempts. On top of that, Phoenix totaled 35 rebounds (7 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 3 blocked shots. Phoenix doled out 26 assists and had 7 steals in the matchup. Pertaining to the defense, Orlando let their opponent shoot 47.8% from the field on 43 out of 90 shooting. They also dished out 25 assists for the game while forcing 14 turnovers and earning 7 steals. In terms of rebounding, they collected a total of 47 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. At the charity stripe, the Magic knocked down 19 of their 23 attempts for a percentage of 82.6%. Orlando finished with a 50.0% field goal percentage (43 of 86) and buried 8 of 28 three-point shots.
Markelle Fultz is one guy who came through for the contest. Fultz shot 64.7% from the floor and also totaled 9 assists. He played for 34 minutes and pulled down 7 boards. He accumulated 25 points on 11 out of 17 shooting.
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Orlando heads into this game with a record of 28-42 this year. They average 111.6 points per game (27th in basketball) while going 47.1% from the field. The Magic are shooting 34.7% from downtown (745 of 2,148) and 78.5% from the free throw line. As a unit, Orlando is snagging 42.9 boards per game and has racked up 1,605 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 27th in the league in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 15.1 times per game and as a squad are committing 20.2 fouls every game.
On defense, the Magic are able to force 14.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.6 personal fouls. They give up 35.3% on 3-point attempts while they are 17th in the league in points per game allowed (114.6). The Magic defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 47.9% (2,912 of 6,082) and they relinquish 41.9 boards per game as a team. They rank 25th in basketball in giving up assists with 1,818 surrendered so far this season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Clippers got the win with a final of 134-126 against the Warriors. The Clippers collected 28 defensive boards and 16 offensive boards totaling 44 for the contest. They turned it over 7 times, while getting 11 steals in this matchup. The Warriors had 25 fouls for the contest which got the Clippers to the charity stripe for a total of 32 tries. They were able to knock down 26 of them for a clip of 81.3%. In reference to three-point attempts, Los Angeles converted 16 of their 34 attempts (47.1%). When this game wrapped up, the Clippers shot 46 for 96 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.9%. The Clippers permitted the Warriors to convert 49 of their 88 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 55.7% in the matchup. They finished the game shooting 47.2% from 3-point land by shooting 17 out of 36 and ended up shooting 11 out of 15 from the free throw line (73.3%). In reference to attacking the glass, Los Angeles allowed Golden State to pull down 36 in total (7 offensive).
Kawhi Leonard ended up having an impact for the Clippers for this contest. Leonard racked up 30 points in his 36 minutes on the court and accounted for 5 assists for this game. He converted 10 out of 19 in this game for a field goal percentage of 52.6%, and had 8 rebounds.
Los Angeles has a mark of 37-33 for the season. The Clippers are committing 19.7 personal fouls per game and they go 78.5% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 23.3 times per game (25th in basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.2 times per contest. Los Angeles has totaled 7,899 points on the campaign (112.8 per contest) and they pull in 43.4 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Clippers are connecting on 47.3% from the floor, which is ranked 17th in the league.
The Los Angeles defense concedes 36.5% on 3-pointers (864 of 2,365) and their opponents are converting on 76.6% of their foul shots. They allow 24.8 assists and 43.2 boards every game, which is ranked 11th and 15th in the NBA. The Clippers are ranked 11th in the league in points allowed per game with 112.7. They are able to force 13.0 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 47.2% from the field (14th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Orlando (+9)
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