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A Chasing Chicago Visit Orlando

  • Tonight a chasing Chicago visit Orlando. A win for the Magic creates separation between them and the Bulls.

Regular Season Game 53 – Chicago Bulls vs Orlando Magic

  • Venue – Kia Center, Orlando, Florida 
  • U.K. tip time is midnight, which is 7pm in Orlando.
  • To watch here in the U.K. live or on demand you will need an active NBA League Pass subscription.

Orlando Magic 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 28-24
  • Run: Won 1 and are 6-4 in the last 10 played.
  • Home Record 16-7 (16-6 in the Kia Center; one “home court” loss was in Mexico City)
  • Road Record 12-17
  • Standing: 8th in the East (record tied with Miami in 7th but they hold the tiebreaker)
  • Points Per GameFor 111.5 Against 110.8
  • RatingOffensive 24th Defensive 4th

Last Time Out For Orlando: vs San Antonio Spurs 

  • The Magic took a comfortable home court win by 111-127 over the Spurs after blowing the game open on the run up to halftime. 
  • Orlando never trailed in a game where they shot well throughout, having a 59.8% field goal percentage and 59.3% from range. 
  • The Magic move the ball well, resulting in an impressive 34 assists.
  • Franz Wagner bounced back after the struggles in Miami with 34 points. This was his second 30-plus-point performance in his last three games and sixth of the season. He further produced team leading numbers of 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
  • Paolo Banchero also filled up the stat sheet with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. 
  • Jalen Suggs added 17 points, Cole Anthony 12 points, Moe Wagner 11 (including a poster dunk over Victor Wembanyama) and Wendell Carter Jr 10 to complete the double digit scoring.
  • The starting lineup was Markelle Fultz, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr.
  • From the bench Jonathan Isaac, Gary Harris, Cole Anthony, Moritz Wagner and Joe Ingles were the core used. Anthony Black, Chuma Okeke, Goga Bitadze and Caleb Houstan came into the game once the white flag was waved with three minutes to play.
  • Trevelin Queen and Admiral Schofield were available but did not play. 

Tonight

  • Again the Magic have no listed injury issues.
  • Jett Howard is unavailable on G-League assignment again.
  • Kevon Harris is listed as out, simply as being “G-League two-way”.
  • Coach Mosley is unlikely to change up his preferred starting option and continue to lock in with the core bench unit.  There is a caveat to this statement; it is trade deadline day so if the front office make a move availability could be impacted.

The Chicago Bulls 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 25-27 Run: Won 2 and are at 6-4 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 9th in the East 
  • Points Per GameFor 111.5 Against 112.8
  • RatingOffensive 21st Defensive 15th
  • On the road the Bulls have a 10-15 record.
  • Offensively this is a team that attacks the 2-point-shot, with a strong focus on players creating their own opportunities. They value the ball having the third least turnovers per game. 
  • Defensively the Bulls hold a strong defence of the two point shot, restricting opponents to the fewest shots, makes with the two and opponent points in the paint. They are also strong in the defence of second chance points, fast breaks and points off of the turnover. However they are the opposite end of the league for the three point shot.

Last Time Out For The Chicago Bulls 

  • The Bulls on Feb 8th took a road win by 118-110 over the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • DeMar DeRozan led the Bulls with a 30 point performance. 
  • Coby White put up 20 points and 8 assists.
  • Nikola Vucevic also tallied 20 points with 10 rebounds for an almost inevitable double-double scored. With 5 assists and 2 blocks Vooch produced a nice stat line.
  • Andre Drummond led the bench with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Starting 5 – Alex Caruso, DeMar DeRozan, Coby White, Ayo Donsumo, Nikola Vucevic
  • Torrey Craig, Jevon Carter, Julian Phillips and Andre Drummond all came from the bench.
  • Dalen Terry, Onuralp Bitim, Henri Drell, Adams Sanogo and Terry Taylor were available but did not play.
  • Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, Patrick Williams were all inactive.

Tonight

  • Head coach Billy Donovan has some impactful injuries and a few concerns to boot.
  • Both Lonzo Ball and Zach LaVine are out for the season.
  • Patrick Williams is out for two weeks with a foot injury. 
  • Day-to-day but all probable are Alex Caruso, Coby White and Torrey Craig.
  • If either Caruso or White fail to be fit enough to go the Bulls starting unit will be impacted in a potentially negative manner.

Head-To-Head With The Chicago Bulls 

  • In 123 regular season games played and the score stands at 58-65 to the Bulls.
  • In two meetings this season, both in Chicago the Magic have taken the win. The first on Nov 15th was a tight affair, seeing a 96-94 Orlando win. The second two nights later was a 103-97 Magic win. In both games Orlando held Chicago to what was at the time an NBA season-low 33 first-half points.
  • Last season was a 2-1 victory for the Magic, winning both road games. 
  • Over recent years there have been very few blow out victories for either team.

A Final Thought As A Chasing Chicago Visit Orlando

  • For Orlando a win tonight would be a high value one. It would see the Magic create a 4 game cushion between them and the 9th placed Bulls. Furthermore it would put increased pressure on the 29-24 Pacers (tonight in New York to play the 4th seed Knicks) and on a 30-21 Philadelphia 76ers who have lost 4 straight and face a month without MVP Joel Embiid. The Sixers as the 5th seed are in Washington tonight. Miami tomorrow are on home court taking on the Eastern Conference leading Boston Celtics.

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