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Back In Orlando To Take On The Indiana Pacers

  • Tonight is another big game for the Magic; back in Orlando to take on the Indiana Pacers, another night with implications for the playoffs.

Regular Season Game 65 – Indiana Pacers vs Orlando Magic

  • Venue – Kia Center, Orlando, Florida 
  • A fantastic early tip time tonight of 10pm here in the U.K., which is 6pm in Orlando. 
  • To watch live or on demand here in the U.K. you will need an active NBA League Pass subscription.

Orlando Magic 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 37-27
  • Run: Lost 1 and are 8-2 in the last 10 played.
  • Home Record 21-8 (21-7 in the Kia Center; one “home court” loss was in Mexico City).
  • Road Record 16-19
  • Standing: 5th in the East
  • Points Per GameFor 110.9 Against 109.4
  • RatingOffensive 23rd Defensive 4th

Last Time Out – vs New York Knicks

  • The Magic on the third road game in four days came undone as the New York Knicks hammered them, handing Orlando a 74-98 defeat.
  • Unfortunately rarely did the Magic have the intensity or energy to match the Knicks in what could easily be a prelude to the playoffs. That loss saw the Magic take the season series 3-1.
  • This was a physical battle in a playoff type atmosphere. With just 74 points and 12 assists, each statistic marked a season low. The Magic found little offensive rhythm, shooting just 34.2% from the field and 23.1% from 3-point range.
  • Paolo Banchero led Orlando with 23 points.
  • The only other Magic players to score double figures were Franz Wagner (13 points) and Jonathan Isaac (11 points).  
  • The starting lineup was Anthony Black, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr.
  • From the bench came Markelle Fultz, Cole Anthony, Joe Ingles, Goga Bitadze, Jonathan Isaac, Caleb Houstan, Moritz Wagner, Chuma Okeke and Admiral Schofield.
  • Jalen Suggs, Jett Howard, Kevon Harris and Trevelin Queen were all inactive for the Magic.

Tonight

  • Both Jalen Suggs (thigh contusion) and Markelle Fultz (left knee strain) are listed as questionable
  • Jett Howard is again assigned to the G-League with the Osceola Magic.
  • Kevon Harris is listed as out, being two-way G-League.
  • If Suggs is good to go he will likely get the start, joining Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr.

The Indiana Pacers

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 35-29 Run: Lost 1 and are at 5-5 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 8th in the East 
  • Points Per GameFor 123.3 Against 121.8
  • RatingOffensive 2nd Defensive 25th
  • The Pacers have a 15-16 road record.
  • They average the NBA’s most points per game scored, and next to last for conceding.
  • Offensively this is a team that shoots the ball incredibly well from every position. Number 1 in points in the paint, assists, field goals made and in field goal percentage. They are a threat on both the fast break and in points off of turnovers. Whilst not being a dominant rebounding team they do score well in second chance points.
  • Defensive play is seeing them successfully limit the three-point-shot to the fewest attempts and makes per game. However, inside the arc they are amongst the league’s weakest performers, including conceding the most points per game in the paint at 59.5. They are also susceptible to the fast break and conceding on the second chance. 
  • Tyrese Haliburton is a star, the league leader in assists (11.4 per game), whilst scoring 20.8 ppg. 
  • Myles Turner is 10th in the NBA for blocks per game with 1.8. He is also scoring 17.8 ppg. 
  • The trade to pick up Pascal Siakam sees him scoring freely, at 20.6 points per game.

Last Time Out For The Indiana Pacers 

  • Their last outing was a 113-111 home defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 7th.
  • The game was tied going into the final period, seeing it close the entire twelve minutes. An Anthony Edwards free throw make with 7 seconds remaining sealed the win for the T’Wolves. 
  • Truth be told had Aaron Nesmith made a lay-up at the buzzer, being blocked by Anthony Edwards the game would have been going to overtime.
  • Tyrese Haliburton was excellent for a 23 points and 13 assist double-double.
  • However Pascal Siakam led the Pacers in scoring with 24 points. 
  • Jalen Smith pitched in to lead the bench with 14 points.
  • Starting 5 – Tyrese Haliburton, Andrew Nembhard, Aaron Nesmith, Pascal Siakam, Myles Turner
  • From the bench came Jalen Smith, TJ McConnell, Ben Sheppard, Jarace Walker, Obi Toppin and Isaiah Jackson.
  • Kendall Brown, James Johnson and Oscar Tshiebwe were available but did not play.
  • Bennedict Mathurin, Doug McDermott, Quenton Jackson and Isaiah Wong were unavailable.

Tonight

  • The excellent Bennedict Mathurin is out for the season with a torn right shoulder.
  • Doug McDermott is also out with a calf strain.
  • Quenton Jackson and Oscar Tshiebwe, being G-League two-way players are both listed questionable.
  • Expect that head coach Rick Carlisle will again go with the same starting five.

Head-To-Head With The Indiana Pacers 

  • In 125 regular season games played and the score stands at 54-71 to the Pacers.
  • Last season was a 3-1 victory for the Pacers, winning both home games and once in Orlando.
  • So far this season Orlando have taken the win in both games played. Both games were in Indianapolis. On game day 13 (November 19th) it was a 128-116 win for the Magic. Then on December 23rd (game day 28) the Magic ran out 117-110 winners.
  • This will be the final meeting of the season.

A Final Thought With The Magic Back In Orlando To Take On The Indiana Pacers

  • The Magic have on 18 occasions this season held opponents to under 100 points, winning 16 of those games. To keep Indiana anywhere near that mark would put Orlando in a great position to take the W.
  • We started this preview by saying that tonight is another big game for the Magic; back in Orlando to take on the Indiana Pacer, another night with implications for the playoffs. For Orlando and Indiana every game at this point is important. From the New York Knicks in the 4th seed position with a 37-26 record to Indiana in 8th with their 35-29 record just two wins separate the 5 positions. All five of those teams play tonight. Besides the Pacers vs Magic the Knicks (4th) host the Sixers (7th), with the Heat (6th) hosting Washington 

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