Orlando Magic (@2.37) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (@1.61)

Our Prediction:

Oklahoma City Thunder will win

Orlando Magic – Oklahoma City Thunder Match Prediction | 06-11-2019 20:10

They force 15.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the league. Orlando averages 93.5 points per contest this season, which ranks them 30th in the NBA. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 29% average from behind the arc, ranking them 8th and 3rd in those defensive categories. Their average scoring margin is -4.7 and their shooting percentage is 40% as a team, which has them ranked 30th. Behind the arc they shoot 28% which is good for 30th in the league. In the turnover department they rank 28th with 13.3 per game. They average 46.3 rebounds per game and 21.3 assists per game, which ranks them 13th and 24th in those offensive categories. The Magic allow 98.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 2nd in the league. Opponents average 50.2 rebounds a game which ranks 28th and they give up 19.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 4th place in the league.

The road team has also covered the spread in five of the last six meetings between these two squads while the underdog is 10-3 against the number in the last 13 meetings. Believe it or not the Magic have been profitable in this series, covering the spread in all six of their last six trips to OKC and posting a 10-3 record against the number in their last 13 games versus the Thunder overall.

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Overall, it was a solid season and a year of growth for Orlando who returned to the postseason for the first time in seven years. He rewarded Clifford and the Magic by re-signing for four years this summer in free agency. Nikola Vucevic earned his first All-Star nod and seemingly found a renewed role under Head Coach Steve Clifford which led to the big man averaging career bests in points (20.8), rebounds (12.0), and assists (3.8).

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They are 15th in the NBA in pace with 102.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 21st. As a unit they are 21st in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 20th in the NBA. The Thunder are 26th in the league in defensive rating with 99.1, and their offensive rating of 101.5 is ranked 4th. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 46%, which is 29th in the NBA. Oklahoma City is 9th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.8 on defense.

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Oklahoma City is now 2-4 on the year and has a record of 2-2 at home. Gilgeous-Alexander has been Oklahoma Citys driving force on offense as he is leading the team in points per game with 21.8 while shooting 46.1% from the field. Gilgeous-Alexander has also been the Thunders most productive rebounder and is averaging 7.2 rebounds per game. Chris Paul continues to have a stellar career and is currently leading the Thunder assist man as he is averaging 4.5 assists per game. The Thunder enter Tuesdays game with three players listed on their injury reports as Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel are listed as day to day, while Andre Roberson is listed as out.

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