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Orlando Are On The Backend Of A Back-To-Back In Dallas

  • Riding the momentum of a win Orlando are on the backend of a back-to-back in Dallas tonight, to take on a Mavericks team led by Luka Doncic and also playing their third game in 4 nights. This is the first of 5 consecutive road games for the Magic in a 9 day stretch.

Regular Season Game 47 – Orlando Magic vs Dallas Mavericks 

  • Venue – American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas 
  • U.K. tip time is 1:30am, which is 8:30pm in Orlando and 7:30pm in Dallas.
  • To watch here in the U.K. you will again need an active NBA League Pass subscription.

Orlando Magic 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 24-22
  • Run: Won 1 and are 3-7 in the last 10 played.
  • Home Record 15-7 (15-6 in the Kia Center; one “home court” loss was in Mexico City)
  • Road Record 9-15
  • Standing: 8th in the East (record tied with Miami in 7th, but they hold the tie-breaker)
  • Points Per GameFor 111.3 Against 110.8
  • RatingOffensive 24th Defensive 4th
  • Looking at back-to-back games this season, the Magic are still fairing similarly to last season so far.
    • This Season – First Night 5-5 : Second Night 2-7
    • Last Season – First Night 6-7 : Second Night 1-12

Last Time Out For Orlando: vs The Phoenix Suns

  • On the back of one of the best defensive quarters of the season Orlando pulled out an exceptional home win by 98-113 over the Phoenix Suns.
  • Such was the Magic’s defensive performance that even with Devin Booker, Bradley Beal and Kevin Durant featuring, the Suns scored just 9 points in the opening 10 minutes of the final period. They were held without a field goal for over an eight-minute stretch. Frank Vogel then waved the white flag and emptied his bench.
  • Orlando fought back from 13 down with an efficient second half of shooting. 
  • Paolo Banchero led Orlando with 26 points, adding in 4 rebounds and 7 assists. 
  • Moe Wagner recorded his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Younger brother Franz filled the stats sheet with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. 
  • Markelle Fultz added 14 points, having also been a menace all night to the Suns making 5 steals.
  • You also can not ignore the defensive play of Jonathan Isaac and Anthony Black. JI did an incredible job guarding Durant, holding him to his second lowest scoring performance this season with 15 points. AB was in the face, harrying whoever his matchup was, including both Beal and Booker.
  • The starting unit was Markelle Fultz, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr.
  • From the bench came Anthony Black, Jonathan Isaac, Cole Anthony, Moritz Wagner and Joe Ingles were the core. For the final two minutes Trevelin Queen, Caleb Houstan, Chuma Okeke and Goga Bitadze played.
  • Admiral Schofield was available but did not dress.

Tonight

  • Let’s start with the good news, Jonathan Isaac is available. Previously he has not been available as part of a back-to-back.
  • Markelle Fultz is listed as questionable on the second night of this back-to-back as part of his injury management plans.
  • Gary Harris (calf) is again listed as out for the 13th consecutive game.
  • Jett Howard is unavailable on G-League assignment again.
  • Kevon Harris is listed as out, simply as being “G-League two-way”.
  • Therefore, Coach Mosley could again use his preferred starting option if Fultz is good to go. If not expect Anthony Black to slot into the role for his 30th start.

The Dallas Mavericks

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 25-21 Run: Lost 1 and are at 4-6 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 8th in the West 
  • Points Per GameFor 118.7 Against 118.3
  • RatingOffensive 9th Defensive 23rd
  • At home the Mavs have a 13-12 record.
  • Offensively this is a team with an eye for the three-pointer, taking and making the league’s second most per game.
  • From inside the arc their accuracy of finishing is the 10th best. 
  • Shot creation is by a balanced combination of individual ability and assists. 
  • They have the second fewest turnovers per game. They also get to the free throw line with ease.
  • Defensively their statistics are far from impressive and all categories of rebounding is some of the league’s worst. The exception to this is the concession of points from turnovers. 

Last Time Out For Dallas 

  • The Mavs took a home loss by 120-115 to the Sacramento Kings on 27th January. Dallas were trailing by 19 going into the final quarter and despite scoring 40 points in the final period the deficit was too big to overcome.
  • Luka Doncic led the Mavs with a triple-double of 28 points, 17 assists and 10 rebounds.
  • Grant Williams put up 27 points (playing in place of an injured Kyrie Irving) and the bench was led with 19 from Tim Hardaway Jr.
  • Starting 5 – Luka Doncic, Grant Williams, Josh Green, Jaden Hardy and Dereck Lively II.
  • Tim Hardaway Jr, Maxi Kleber, Seth Curry, Richaun Holmes and AJ came from the bench.
  • Markieff Morris was available but did not play.

Tonight

  • Maxi Kleber (right small toe; soreness) is probable.
  • Dante Exum (right knee; soreness), Derrick Jones Jr. (left wrist; sprain) and Dwight Powell (left eye; corneal abrasion) are questionable.
  • Kyrie Irving (right thumb; sprain) is out.
  • Jason Kidd will very much be waiting on his game time decisions before settling on his team for tonight.

Head-To-Head With The Dallas Mavericks 

  • In 70 regular season games played the score stands at 29-41 to Dallas.
  • The teams met on game day 7 (6th November) in Orlando, a home court defeat by 117-102. It was a game of two halves for Orlando who held a 13 point lead at the half, shooting 59% from the field in that time. A rough second half for Orlando saw them go cold on offence (particularly from range), scoring just 36 points. They fouled and turned the ball over repeatedly.
  • Over the last two seasons the series has been split 1-1, each team winning their home court game.
  • Orlando have lost 11 games straight in Dallas. The last road win there was on January 8th 2011, being led to victory by Dwight Howard.

Orlando Are On The Backend Of A Back-To-Back In Dallas – A Final Thought

  • Claiming both games on a home-to-road back-to-back is far from easy.
  • And Luka Doncic makes that task no easier. In his last five games he has hit a 73 point game, scored 33 twice, a 34 and his lowest was 28 points. Across the season he is averaging 34.4 points per game and 9.4 assists. In 11 career games against Orlando he is averaging 27.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.2 assists.
  • However, similar to last night when Devin Booker erupted for a game-high 44 points, the Magic will try to force him into tough, contested shots.
  • For Orlando it is essential to have that same defensive intensity. Luka will score but slowing him and those around him is doable. 

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