Vegas Over/Under: 33.5
The Record Projection: 31-51 of fromal The Bet: Beneath with marginal confidence Throughout the 2016-17 campaign, the Orlando Magic made 32.8 percent of their three-point efforts, which abandoned them ahead of only the Oklahoma City Thunder (32.7 percent). In addition they took just 26.1 treys per contest, once again finishing at the league’s lowest half (No. 16).
These numbers are not conducive to success in the modern NBA, which places more and more of an emphasis on shooting from beyond the rainbow every year.
So the Magic dealt with their flaw by incorporating the gamers, most of whom struggled in 2016-17 from downtown:
Marreese Speights: 37.2 percentage on 3.4 attempts per game for the Los Angeles Clippers
Jonathan Isaac: 34.8 percent on 2.8 efforts per game for your Florida State Seminoles (using a shorter arc)
Shelvin Mack: 30.8 percentage on 2.2 attempts per game for the Utah Jazz
Jonathon Simmons: 29.4 percentage on 1.3 efforts per game for the San Antonio Spurs
Adreian Payne: 20.0 percent on 0.8 efforts per game for the Minnesota Timberwolves
Speights’ presence may help, however, the enduring logjam of the team could make it tough for him to make too many minutes.
So why are we supposed to believe the Magic will win five more games this season and hit on the over?
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