Utah Jazz vs Orlando Magic Prediction, 3/9/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Utah Jazz vs Orlando Magic
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
TV: Bally Sports Florida
The Orlando Magic welcome the Utah Jazz at Amway Center on Thursday.
The Jazz stepped onto the hardwood against the Mavericks and went home with a loss by a final score of 120-116 in their last game. Utah walked away from the contest having earned a 44.6% field goal percentage (41 out of 92) and converted 15 of 44 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Jazz converted 19 of their 25 tries for a rate of 76.0%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 47 with 6 of them being offensive. They also recorded 23 assists for the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and earning 10 steals. Regarding the defense, Utah allowed the other team to shoot 47.2% from the field on 42 out of 89 shooting. Dallas recorded 24 assists and had 10 steals for the matchup. Additionally, Dallas grabbed 43 rebounds (3 offensive, 40 defensive) and added 4 rejections. Dallas ended up going 77.3% from the free throw line by burying 17 of their 22 tries. They also converted 19 of 45 attempts from beyond the arc. In reference to fouls, the Jazz ended up finishing with 23 while the Mavericks totaled 20 fouls.
Lauri Markkanen is one guy who came through in this contest. He notched 33 points on 12 of 20 shooting. He was on the court for 39 mins played and pulled down 6 rebounds. Markkanen finished shooting 60.0% from the field and recorded 2 dimes.
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Utah heads into this game with a win-loss mark of 31-35 this season. They are turning it over 15.6 times per game and as a squad they commit 20.7 fouls per game. As a unit, Utah is grabbing 45.1 boards per game and has totaled 1,691 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 9th in the league in terms of passing. The Jazz are connecting on 35.8% on shots beyond the perimeter (913 of 2,553) and 78.7% from the free throw line. They have an average of 117.0 pts per contest (7th in the NBA) while hitting 47.2% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Jazz are able to force 13.1 turnovers per game while drawing 21.2 personal fouls. They are 8th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,594 surrendered for the year. The Jazz defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 47.6% (2,864 of 6,014) and they relinquish 43.6 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are conceding 36.0% on 3-point attempts while they are 22nd in the league in PPG allowed (117.2).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Magic went home defeated by a final of 134-123 when they faced the Bucks. The Magic were able to snag 28 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 38 for the matchup. They turned the ball over 13 times, while earning 7 steals in this matchup. The Bucks were called for 18 fouls in this matchup which got the Magic to the charity stripe for 19 tries. They were able to convert 14 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 73.7%. With respect to shots from beyond the arc, Orlando buried 9 out of 30 tries (30.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Magic ended up going 50 for 100 from the field which gave them a percentage of 50.0%. The Magic allowed the Bucks to bury 46 of 78 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 59.0% in the matchup. They went 35.7% from downtown by going 10 of 28 and ended up shooting 32 out of 34 at the charity stripe (94.1%). In reference to rebounding, Orlando allowed Milwaukee to grab 38 overall (3 offensive).
Cole Anthony was important for the Magic for the game. Anthony racked up 23 points in his 33 mins on the hardwood and added 3 assists in the matchup. He buried 9 out of 17 for this game for a rate of 52.9%, and totaled 5 rebounds.
Orlando has a mark of 27-39 for the year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Magic are connecting on 47.1% from the floor, which ranks them 19th in the league. Orlando has accounted for 7,336 pts so far this year (111.2 per contest) and they pull in 42.8 rebounds per contest. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 22.7 times per game (27th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.1 times per contest. The Magic commit 20.3 personal fouls every game and they connect on 78.6% from the charity stripe.
The Orlando defense concedes 35.0% on three-point shots (858 of 2,450) and their opposition makes 78.7% of their free throw attempts. They allow 25.9 dimes and 42.0 total boards per game, which has them ranked 23rd and 7th in basketball. The Magic defensively are ranked 17th in basketball in PPG allowed with 114.0. They are able to force 14.7 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.7% from the floor (18th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Utah
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