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Orlando Are On The Road In Miami

  • Tonight Orlando are on the road in Miami. It is a battle of State rivalry between two teams tied for the 7th and 8th seed positions. Yes, it is time for the latest instalment of the Magic versus the Heat.

Regular Season Game 38 – Orlando Magic vs Miami Heat

  • Venue – Kaseya Center, Miami, Florida 
  • U.K. tip time is 1am, which is 8pm in Orlando and Miami.
  • To watch here in the U.K. you will again need an active NBA League Pass subscription.

Orlando Magic 

  • Regular Season Record: 21-16
  • Run: Lost 1 and are 5-5 in the last 10 played.
  • Home Record 13-5 (13-4 in the Kia Center; one “home court” loss was in Mexico City)
  • Road Record 8-11
  • Standing: 8th in the East (record tied 7th through 8th with Miami who hold the season tie-breaker at this point)
  • Points Per GameFor 113.3 (20th) Against 112 (9th)
  • RatingOffensive 22nd Defensive 2nd
  • Undermanned and starting a difficult 4 game road trip is far from ideal. 
  • Orlando are also on the first night of a back-to-back, headed to Oklahoma immediately after this Miami fixture concludes.
  • Back-to-backs see the Magic fairing a shade better than last season so far.
    • This Season – First Night 3-4 : Second Night 2-5
    • Last Season – First Night 6-7 : Second Night 1-12

Last Time Out – vs Minnesota Timberwolves

  • This was honestly a grim watch for any Orlando fan. There seemed to be a lack of energy or belief from the team from early on, that lasted throughout the game. Yes there will always be performances like this but that does not make them any less disappointing.
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves led from start to finish, with the Magic having no answer to them in a 113-92 loss. The Wolves had led by as many as 34 points.
  • Orlando shot a season low 36.2% from the field.
  • Moe Wagner led the Magic with 21 points. Jalen Suggs put up 20 points. Paolo Banchero finished with 18 points and Trevelin Queen rounded out the double digit scoring with 11.
  • The starting unit was Jalen Suggs, Caleb Houstan, Chuma Okeke, Paolo Banchero and Goga Bitadze.
  • From the bench came Cole Anthony, Anthony Black, Moritz Wagner, Markelle Fultz and Trevelin Queen.
  • Admiral Schofield was available but did not dress.


  • Let’s start with the apparent good news. Joe Ingles (left ankle sprain) no longer appears on the injury report. 
  • Franz Wagner (ankle), Gary Harris (calf) and Jonathan Isaac (right hamstring soreness and illness) are all again confirmed as out.
  • Wendell Carter Jr (knee injury) is now upgraded to day-to-day and questionable for the game.
  • Jett Howard remains out on a G League assignment.
  • Finally, Kevon Harris is listed as out, being a Coach’s decision.
  • It is most likely that Coach Mosley runs with the same starting group, assuming that Wendell doesn’t make the game. Perhaps we could see either Anthony Black or Markelle Fultz (his minutes restriction is still in effect) starting in the backcourt. 
  • The probable return of Joe Ingles is a huge boost to the second unit for his scoring threat, ability to make plays and bring a calm experienced head to the game.

The Miami Heat 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 21-16 Run: Lost 1 and are at 6-4 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 7th in the East 
  • Points Per GameFor 112.8 (23rd) Against 112.1 (10th)
  • RatingOffensive 17th Defensive 14th
  • As Orlando are on the road in Miami we should mention first that at home the Heat have a 10-7 record.
  • Little has changed in respect of the Heat and their statistics since we played last on 20th December. Expect them to live off a steady diet of three point shots and free throws. They are a low  fouling and low turnover team. 
  • At a 3-point-percentage of almost 39% the Heat are the leagues most efficient team from distance, making 12.9 per game of their 33 shots taken.
  • The Heat’s three stars lead this team. Tyler Herro (22.4 ppg), Bam Adebayo (22.1 ppg) and Jimmy Butler (20.9) account for over half the Heat’s scoring per game.
  • The Heat like the Magic have had a slip in their efficiency for restricting opponents points in the paint, having dropped back a full point at 48.9 per game. Miami excel at preventing second chance points, conceding just 12.3 per game.

Last Time Out For The Heat

  • Last time out Miami took a home court 128-120 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Heat held a lead for much of the game, ultimately losing it with 25 seconds of the third remaining, OKC holding on the rest of the way.
  • All five starters scored in double figures but Bam Adebayo led the team with a 25 point, 11 rebound double-double. Jamie Jacquez Jr followed with 21 points. Hayward Highsmith had 19, Tyler Herro 17 and Nikola Jovic 15 points. They used only three players from the bench, which was led by Kevin Love scoring 12 points.  
  • Starting 5 – Jamie Jacquez Jr, Hayward Highsmith, Tyler Herro, Nikola Jovic, Bam Adebayo
  • Kevin Love, Josh Richardson and Duncan Robinson came from the bench.
  • Thomas Bryant, RJ Hampton, Jamal Cain and Orlando Robinson were listed as available but did not play. 
  • Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler and Caleb Martin were the significant players to be listed as inactive.


  • The Heat have genuine injury concerns. 
  • Jimmy Butler (foot) and Kyle Lowry (hand) are both doubtful, 
  • Tyler Herro (shoulder) and Caleb Martin (ankle) are both questionable.
  • Dru Smith (knee) is out for the season.
  • RJ Hampton, Cole Swider and Jamal Cain are all two-way players who have not been featuring for coach Erik Spoelstra.
  • Miami therefore could be forced to make changes from the previous outing. If Butler is fit to go it would be a huge boost to their chances.

Head-To-Head With The Miami Heat 

  • In 135 regular season games played the score stands at 58-77 to the Heat.
  • The teams have met just once so far this campaign. A 9 game home court win streak for the Magic was snapped by a 115-106 loss to the Heat. Miami made 11 straight floor shots going into halftime, smashing open what had been a tight game. Orlando never recovered 
  • Last season was a 3-1 win for the Heat, with two of the four games going to overtime. 
  • Orlando last won the series in the 2018-19 season, a 3-1 victory that ultimately saw Orlando make the playoffs, whilst Miami missed out.

A Final Thought As Orlando Are On The Road In Miami

  • In that last meeting Miami met Orlando with great physicality which saw Orlando collectively struggle to get a rhythm, which in turn impacted on the scoreboard. 
  • Paolo Banchero will have to improve on his last showing against Miami if the Magic are to win. In that match up Paolo struggled with his shot, making just 2-of-12 field goal attempts.
  • Yet again Cole Anthony could be a catalyst for Orlando to take a win, particularly if Joe Ingles is to return tonight. The presence of Ingles does free Cole for better shooting opportunities. In the opening game of this year’s four with Miami Cole gave the Magic a spark to lead the team with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting.

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