Cavs at Magic Preview – 4/4/23 at 7 pm

April 4, 2023

Todd Hall

The Cavaliers played the Pacers and notched a win by a score of 115-105 in their last contest. In the matter of fouls, the Cavaliers walked away with 22 while the Pacers totaled 26 fouls. They also knocked down 9 of 24 attempts from long range. Indiana went 82.8% when shooting free throws by burying 24 of their 29 tries. Furthermore, Indiana grabbed 44 boards (11 offensive, 33 defensive) and got 7 rejections. Indiana doled out 21 dimes and had 5 steals in this contest. In reference to defense, Cleveland allowed the other team to go 43.4% from the floor on 36 of 83 shooting. They also recorded 23 assists in this contest as well as forcing 15 turnovers and having 7 steals. When talking about grabbing boards, they earned 43 with 13 of them being offensive. At the free throw line, the Cavaliers converted 18 of 26 shots for a percentage of 69.2%. Cleveland wrapped up the contest having earned a 48.9% FG percentage (44 out of 90) and knocked down 9 of their 24 three-point shots.

Donovan Mitchell is one player who had an impact on the game. Mitchell walked away from this one shooting 56.0% from the floor and distributed 1 assist. He was on the hardwood for 40 mins and totaled 6 boards. He scored 40 points on 14 of 25 shooting.

Cleveland comes into this one with a record of 49-30 on the year. They are averaging 112.3 points per outing (25th in basketball) while connecting on 48.9% of the field. The Cavaliers are shooting 36.5% on shots from downtown (907 of 2,483) and 77.7% from the charity stripe. As a team, Cleveland is collecting 41.2 boards per game and has racked up 1,964 dimes this season, which has them ranked 17th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession via turnover 13.3 times per contest and as a group, they commit 19.0 personal fouls every game.

When they are on defense, the Cavaliers are able to force 15.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.6 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 37.1% from beyond the arc and they rank 1st in the NBA in points per game allowed (107.0). The Cavalier’s defense is giving up an FG percentage of 46.8% (3,086 of 6,594) and they relinquish 41.1 boards per game as a unit. They are 2nd in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,819 relinquished this year.

In their last game, the Magic got the victory with a final of 128-102 when they faced the Pistons. When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Orlando allowed Detroit to collect 38 in all (9 offensive). They finished 27.3% from 3-point land by hitting 9 out of 33 and ended up shooting 29 out of 36 from the free-throw line (80.6%). The Magic permitted the Pistons to bury 32 out of their 78 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.0% for the game. When the final whistle blew, the Magic shot 43 for 75 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 57.3%. When discussing shooting from downtown, Orlando converted 17 of 33 attempts (51.5%). They were able to make 25 of those for a rate of 62.5%. The Pistons committed 29 fouls in this matchup which took the Magic to the free-throw line for 40 attempts. They gave up possession of the ball 14 times while getting 11 steals for the game. The Magic collected 34 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 41 in this contest.

Jalen Suggs was important for the Magic in this contest. Suggs totaled 18 points in his 26 mins on the court and had 2 assists for the contest. He converted 5 out of 9 for the game for a rate of 55.6% and added 2 rebounds.

Orlando has a record of 34-44 for the campaign. The Magic have committed 20.3 fouls every game and they go 78.4% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 23.3 times per game (26th in basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.9 times per game. Orlando has scored 8,735 points for the campaign (112.0 per contest) and they collect 43.1 rebounds per game. When it comes to offense, the Magic are hitting on 47.2% from the field, which is 20th in the league.

The Magic are ranked 17th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 113.9. They are forcing their opponents into 14.7 TOs every game and have let teams shoot 47.5% from the field (18th in the NBA). The Orlando defense allows 34.9% of shots from beyond the perimeter (1,004 of 2,875) and opponents are connecting on 79.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 25.8 dimes and 42.1 rebounds per game, which is 18th and 10th in the league.

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