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Golden State Warriors vs Orlando Magic: The Preview

  • Tonight’s matchup of the Golden State Warriors vs Orlando Magic sees two teams both fighting for seeding in the playoff race.

Regular Season Game 72 – Golden State Warriors vs Orlando Magic 

  • Venue – Kia Center, Orlando, Florida  
  • Tip time here in the U.K. is 11pm, which is 7pm in Orlando.
  • To watch live or on demand in the U.K. you will need an active NBA League Pass subscription.

Orlando Magic 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 42-29
  • Run: Lost 1 and are 7-3 in the last 10 played.
  • Home Record 25-10 (25-9 in the Kia Center; one “home court” loss was in Mexico City).
  • Road Record 17-19
  • Standing: 5th in the East
  • Points Per GameFor 110.8 Against 108.8
  • RatingOffensive 22nd Defensive 2nd
  • The Magic have on 20 occasions this season held opponents to under 100 points, winning 17 of those games.
  • When Orlando lead going into the final quarter of a game this season they hold a 35-1 record, leading the league in this category. 
  • Orlando have a perfect record at Kia Center against sub-.500 teams (15-0) this season.

Last Time Out – vs Sacramento Kings

  • The Magic took a controversial home court defeat by 109-107 to the Kings on Saturday night (23rd March).
  • The game was close throughout, an entertaining, hard fought affair. 
  • Controversy came in the final 25 seconds of the match. Firstly “Mr Moving Screen” Domantas Sabonis clearly fouled Cole Anthony as he made a two-point jump shot to give the Magic a 106-107 lead. Immediately after; on 21 seconds remaining Jalen Suggs “pushed” De’Aaron Fox on his hip. The foul was not immediately called but upon Fox going over the halfway line as a result of being off balance from the contact free throws were awarded. The minimal nature of this contact (compared to that by Sabonis moments before) and the delay in the call is what has angered so many Magic fans at the officiating.
  • The Magic had several chances to retake the lead in those final seconds but all three shots including a a pair of open 3-pointers wouldn’t fall. 
  • The game had been there for the taking but errors and multiple long periods of cold shooting in the second half came home to roost.
  • Jonathan Isaac equalled his career high with 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point range. He also recorded 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in what was another impressive performance.
  • Paolo Banchero finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Franz Wagner scored 18 points and Cole Anthony notched 16. 
  • The starting lineup was Jalen Suggs, Caleb Houstan, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr.
  • From the bench came Jonathan Isaac, Markelle Fultz, Cole Anthony, Joe Ingles and Moritz Wagner.
  • Anthony Black, Jett Howard, Chuma Okeke, Admiral Schofield and Goga Bitadze were available but did not play.
  • Gary Harris, Kevon Harris and Trevelin Queen were inactive for the Magic.

Tonight

  • Gary Harris is again out with a right plantar fascia strain.
  • Caleb Houstan is questionable with a left ankle sprain that forced him out of the Kings game in the second quarter.
  • Jett Howard is unavailable being assigned to the G-League with the Osceola Magic.
  • Trevelin Queen and Kevon Harris are also listed as unavailable.
  • If Caleb Houstan is available Coach Mosley will again insert him to the starting unit. If both Caleb joins Gary Harris as out from the shooting guard position then the Coach has a decision to make on who comes into the starting unit. If the coach chooses to leave his bench rotation in place then it is most likely that Anthony Black starts, though it is possible that Chuma Okeke could get the call.

The Golden State Warriors

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 37-34 Run: Won 1 and are 4-6 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 10th in the West 
  • Points Per GameFor 118.3 Against 116.5
  • RatingOffensive 11th Defensive 17th
  • On the season Golden State have a 19-15 road record, which is better than their home record.
  • Prepare yourself for a shooting barrage, as the Warriors take on average 92 shots per game, including almost 40 from beyond the arc. Both stats rank as the league’s 3rd most. They make a total of 47.4% over all and 38% from range. Shooting is created by ball movement, seeing the league’s 4th best assist rating. The NBA’s league leading rebounding team grab 12 offensive boards a game, helping to create almost 16 second chance points per game.
  • That strength in rebounding also sees them hold teams to a low rate of second chance points at 13.4 per game (the Magic concede the second fewest at 12 per game). The Warriors do allow opponents a lot of shots. They face one of the highest rates of shot attempts from three-point-land but do contest the effort. 
  • What can you say about their leader, Stephen Curry that hasn’t already been written. He is everything to them, being relied upon perhaps too much. In his 15th season Curry is averaging 26.7 points per game. He is shooting a 44.9% field goal percentage, 40.3%  from three and 92.3% from the free throw line. 
  • There is talent and experience on the roster that includes Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Chris Paul. the younger players such as Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody and Brandon Podziemski can impact.

Last Time Out For The Golden State Warriors 

  • Golden State took a road win over the Miami Heat last night by 113-92, for which we say thank you.
  • The game was a close affair that did not see a double digit lead for either team until the late third quarter. The Warriors did however lead constantly from soon after the start of the second half.
  • Klay Thompson led the Warriors in scoring with 28 points. Jonathan Kuminga added 18, with both Steph Curry and Andrew Wiggins both dropping 17 points. As a team Golden State had 31 assists
  • Starting 5 – Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jonathan Kuminga, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green.
  • From the bench came Chris Paul, Moses Moody, Brandon Podziemski, Gary Payton II and Kevon Looney as the core. Gui Santos, Lester Quinones and Jerome Robinson were part of the unit that closed the game out.
  • Dario Saric was unused by head coach Steve Kerr.
  • Usman Garuba, Trayce Jackson-Davies and Pat Spencer were all inactive.

Tonight

  • Trayce Jackson-Davies missed the Miami game being day-to-day with a knee injury.
  • Everyone else was available for the first night of their back-to-back.
  • Head coach Steve Kerr will likely use the same starting 5 as in their last matchup.

Golden State Warriors vs Orlando Magic – Head-To-Head

  • In 69 regular season games played the score stands at 36-33 to Orlando.
  • The meeting this season on game day 33 (Jan 2nd) saw Orlando lose on the road by 115-121. In a tight and competitive game Steph Curry was the difference and led all scorers with 36 points. He was one of 7 Warriors to score in double digits. For Orlando it was pretty much the Paolo and Franz show in respect of scoring. Banchero notched 27, with Franz claiming 25 points.
  • Last season saw the series took 2-0 by the Magic.
  • Despite all the Warriors success in recent years they have not won a series since season 2017-18. At that point the Warriors held an 11 game winning streak.

Golden State Warriors vs Orlando Magic -A Final Thought

  • Whilst he is not the only Warrior threat Curry has averaged 27.0 points, 7.0 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 21 games against the Magic in his career. Team’s somewhat face a choice between slowing him or living with his scoring and restricting his team mates. Being blessed with defensive flexibility Orlando can attempt to do both.
  • Defensive rebounding could be a key area for Orlando. Limiting the Warriors to being one-and-done would be a huge positive for taking what would be a valuable win.
  • Orlando come into the game somewhat rested, whilst Golden State are on the second night of a back-to-back. 
  • Both teams are in a fight for the postseason. Golden State Warriors are fighting for inclusion in the play-in tournament. They sit 1 game ahead of the Rockets (11th) and 3 adrift of the Lakers in 9th. In the East the Magic are 3 games clear of the Miami Heat (7th) and the Philadelphia 76ers (8th); both with a 39-33 record. Orlando are chasing Cleveland in 3rd (44-28) and the New York Knicks in 4th (43-28). The Pacers sit in 6th on a 41-32 record.

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