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Orlando Close The Road Trip In Miami

  • Tonight Orlando close the road trip in Miami. The Magic are looking to tie the season record with the Heat in our battle for seeding. Orlando aim to turn what is so far a good 3-1 road trip into a great one in what is so far one of the biggest games of the season for the Magic.

Regular Season Game 51 – Orlando Magic vs Miami Heat

  • Venue – Kaseya Center, Miami, Florida 
  • U.K. tip time is 1am, which is 8pm in Orlando and Miami.
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Orlando Magic 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 27-23
  • Run: Won 3 and are 5-5 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 12-16
  • Standing: 7th in the East
  • Points Per GameFor 111.6 Against 110.6
  • RatingOffensive 24th Defensive 4th
  • Paolo Banchero has now scored 20-plus points in 17 straight road games, being the third-longest streak of this statistic in the team’s 35 year history. The only other player to do this is Tracy McGrady. He achieved the fete twice, the longest a 21-game run in December 2003 to February 2004. Paolo could tie T-Mac’s other streak tonight, an 18 game run streak in season 2002-03.
  • Orlando Magic’s remaining schedule sees them play 19 of the remaining 32 games against teams currently holding losing records. 

Last Time Out For Orlando: vs Detroit Pistons 

  • The Magic went into the Little Caesars Arena to take on the 6-42 Detroit Pistons. Despite a slow start the Magic got their business down taking a 111-99 victory. 
  • The Pistons put in a strong effort, being level early in the final period. Ultimately the Magic were able to pull out a lead.
  • The Magic’s “death line up” closed out, holding the Pistons to only 2 points in the final 3 minutes. Jonathan Isaac was again teamed up with Jalen, Franz, Paolo and Wendell. By the close Judah had played 21 minutes.
  • Franz Wagner matched his career high with 38 points. He shot 17-of-25 overall and 4-of-7 from 3-point range. That score was achieved without attempting a single free throw.
  • Paolo Banchero put up 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.
  • Gary Harris and Moritz Wagner rounded out the double digit scoring, both had 10 points.
  • 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, Anthony Black, Moritz Wagner and Joe Ingles were used. 
  • Chuma Okeke, Goga Bitadze, Trevelin Queen, Caleb Houstan and Admiral Schofield were available but did not play.


  • 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. 

The Miami Heat 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 26-24 Run: Lost 1 and are at 2-8 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 8th in the East 
  • Points Per GameFor 110.1 Against 111.2
  • RatingOffensive 22nd Defensive 12th
  • The Heat’s home and road records are identical at 13-12.
  • Having played the Heat three times in six weeks not too much has changed in respect of their statistics and play style. They take the second lowest total field goal attempts per game and are also 4th worse for field goal percentage. The 3-point-percentage remains efficient, making 12.3 of their 33 shots taken. They do get to the free throw line a decent amount and are accurate.
  • The Heat’s three stars lead this team. Tyler Herro (21 ppg), Bam Adebayo (20.4 ppg) and Jimmy Butler (21.5) account for over half the Heat’s scoring per game. As with many Miami players since the last meeting scoring numbers have dropped. Rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr is now averaging 13 points per game, down a full point since the last meeting between the two on January 21st.
  • In that time the team have acquired Terry Rozier from Charlotte for Kyle Lowry. Rozier is steadily gaining momentum as he continues to develop his chemistry and understanding with Miami.  
  • Despite being extremely physical in defence they are a low fouling and lower turnover team. The Heat defence is very effectively built around defending inside the 2 point line. They restrict opponents points in the paint and continue to excel at preventing second chance points.

Last Time Out For The Miami Heat 

  • Their last outing was a 103-95 home court defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers on February 4th.
  • The game was a close one throughout, seeing it tied at the half. It wasn’t until the 4th quarter with 10 minutes to play that the Clippers finally got a lead they held to the final buzzer.
  • Jimmy Butler led the scoring for Miami with 21 points. 
  • Bam Adebayo had a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. 
  • Terry Rozier scored 17 points and Josh Richardson 14.
  • From the bench only three players were used, Caleb Martin leading the trio with 11 points.
  • Starting 5 – Terry Rozier, Josh Richardson, Haywood Highsmith, Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo
  • Caleb Martin, Kevin Love and Jaime Jaquez Jr came from the bench.
  • Thomas Bryant, Nikola Jovic, Cole Swider and Orlando Robinson were listed as available but did not play. 
  • Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, R.J. Hampton, Jamal Cain and Dru Smith were all inactive.


  • Tyler Herro (migraine headache) is probable.
  • Duncan Robinson (concussion protocol) is questionable.
  • R.J. Hampton (G League – Two-Way) and Dru Smith (right knee; surgery) are out.
  • Miami will change the starting 5 from the previous outing if Herro is good to go. If Robinson is available he likely features from the bench. Head Coach Erik Spoelstra has had few opportunities to run settled units with persistent short term injury issues.

Head-To-Head With The Miami Heat

  • As Orlando close the road trip in Miami we will take a quick look at the history of the fixture. 
  • In 137 regular season games played the score stands at 59-78 to the Heat.
  • In this campaign the score stands at 2-1 to Miami. 
  • A 9 game home court win streak for the Magic was snapped by a 115-106 loss to the Heat on December 20th. Miami made 11 straight floor shots going into halftime, smashing open what had been a tight game. The second meeting on January 12th was a story of bad luck and missed opportunities for the Magic losing on the road by 96-99. The Magic could have taken the win but left points behind as they failed to connect on 8 of their 20 free throws. The third meeting on January 21st (game day 43) saw the Magic play swarming, intense and energetic defence. The offence was built on ball movement, attacking the paint and taking the second chances. It led to a comprehensive Magic victory by 87-105. 
  • Last season was a 3-1 win for the Heat, with two of the four games going to overtime. 
  • The Magic last won in Miami on March 26th 2019, so are now on a run of 8 road games lost. 
  • Orlando last won the series that same year, the 2018-19 season, a 3-1 victory that ultimately saw Orlando make the playoffs, whilst Miami missed out.

A Final Thought As Orlando Close The Road Trip In Miami

  • Orlando are now at 13-1 when allowing opponents 100 points or less.
  • The Magic are 22-1 when tied or leading going into the final quarter.
  • Coming into the third meeting of the season the Heat had been scoring 111.4 ppg. The Magic held them almost 25 points below that figure. 87 points remains a season low for Miami and the second lowest total Orlando have conceded this campaign. Furthermore the Magic outscored the Heat in the paint 54-36 and 23-10 on second chance points. Both those are figures that are well above Miami’s season average.
  • With that same approach and application of effort Orlando can get a win, something that is never easy on the road against a hard-nosed Miami team.
  • Jonathan Isaac will be a pivotal part in achieving this. That is also true of Wendell Carter Jr as he meets elite opposition in Bam Adebayo.
  • This game has huge implications for the seeding battle. Miami in 8th (26-24) have played a game less and do currently hold the tiebreaker over Orlando. A win tonight negates that advantage. The Pacers in 6th (28-23) have played a game more than the Magic. Tonight they host the Houston Rockets. Orlando at 2-0 over the Pacers this season own that tiebreaker, with only a single meeting to come in Orlando on March 10th.

The Let’s Talk Magic Game Preview

  • Unfortunately tonight there is not our usual Let’s Talk Magic YouTube video preview. A teething granddaughter who wanted her grandad all day resulted in my writing this only 3 hours ahead of the tip.