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Orlando Magic History Awaits

  • For the Orlando Magic history awaits as the team chase a 10th consecutive win, the Brooklyn Nets are the obstacle to be overcome on the second night of a back-to-back.

Regular Season Game 20 – Orlando Magic vs Brooklyn Nets

  • Venue – The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York 
  • U.K. tip time is midnight, which is 7pm for both our friends in Orlando and local in New York. 
  • To watch here in the U.K. you will again need an active NBA League Pass subscription.

Orlando Magic 

  • Regular Season Record: 14-5 (3rd best record in the NBA) 
  • Run: won 9 (longest active win streak in the NBA), 9-1 in the last 10 games played.
  • Home Record 9-2 (9-1 in the Amway Center; the Atlanta “home court” loss was in Mexico City)
  • Road Record 5-3
  • Standing: 2nd in the East
  • Points Per GameFor 114.9 (13th) Against 108.9 (5th)
  • RatingOffensive 17th Defensive 2nd
  • A win tonight becomes the team’s longest winning streak in franchise history. This is only the 4th time in the team’s 35 year history that a run of 9 consecutive wins has been achieved.
  • The Magic offence took another leap in the season statistics. A 6th straight game of shooting 50%-or-better is now the second longest streak that marker has been accomplished, the record being 8 games in November-December 1994.
  • In this run of wins for a fifth occasion the Magic have conceded 116 points or more. Those high scores have come at the hands of Indiana, Denver, Charlotte and now Washington twice, each are free scoring teams. However over all the defensive statistics remain excellent. Jalen Suggs remains the 4th best defensive rated player in the NBA, ranking top 3 in all steal categories. Team stats are still top 5 in many areas, including steals made per game, opponent assists, opponent ball turn overs, along with the fewest total field goal attempts, opponent total and offensive rebounds.
  • Our scoring leader is Franz Wagner with 20.7 ppg, on the back three 30-point-plus games. Paolo Banchero is second with 19.5 ppg. Third on the team and leading the bench is Cole Anthony who with 14.9 points per game. At 13.1 points per game Jalen Suggs continues to increase his scoring contributions.
  • Paolo Banchero is also the team leader for assists (4.7) per game but this is very much a team collective category. Jalen Suggs is the leader for steals per game at 1.9 (that figure is the 3rd best in the league). Goga Bitadze leads in blocks with 1.5per game (14th in the NBA).

Last Game – Washington Wizards 

  • Washington across both games this week have been dogged opponents. Again the Magic had to settle themselves defensively, finally creating separation during the final quarter to beat the Wizards by 125-130.
  • The Magic shot 51.7% from the field, 38.7% from 3-point range and made 26 of their 33 foul shots. 
  • In terms of the scoring it was all hail to the kings of the Magic Kingdom. Franz Wagner had 31 points (joint season high), 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Paolo Banchero finished with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Both had flirted with triple-doubles.
  • Franz joined only 4 other Magic players in the franchise history to have three consecutive 30-point-plus games. (Dwight and Penny both did it once, T-Mac 13 times an Shaq on 14 occasions).
  • Aside from Franz and Paolo the Magic saw Jalen Suggs (15), Moe Wagner (18) and Joe Ingles (14) all scored in double figures. This was a 19th game straight the team had 5-players-plus score in double figures. The Magic’s bench was again integral to getting this win against an again determined Washington team. 
  • The starting unit was again Anthony Black, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Goga Bitadze.
  • From the bench came Cole Anthony, Gary Harris, Moe Wagner, Joe Ingles and briefly Jonathan Isaac. JI withdrew having turned an ankle.

Tonight

  • The Magic injury report shows Jonathan Isaac as day-to-day with an ankle issue. Wendell Carter Jr (left hand; fractured third metacarpal), Markelle Fultz (left knee tendinitis), Kevon Harris (coach’s decision) and Trevelin Queen (G League – Two-Way) are out for Orlando. 
  • Jett Howard is again available having been recalled from G-League assignment yesterday.
  • It is hard to see there being any changes in the early rotations for the Magic, except in so far of the likely absence of Isaac. Being the second night of a back-to-back we could see cameos again from other bench players if there is any obvious tiredness. 

The Brooklyn Nets

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 9-9 Run: Won 5 in their last 10 played
  • Standing: 10th in the East
  • Points Per GameFor 116 (11th) Against 114.7 (20th)
  • RatingOffensive 9th Defensive 22nd
  • Offensively this is team shoots from range. They have taken 709 shots from the three (7th), making 276 (3rd), a 38.9% success rate (2nd). A lot of the scoring comes from ball movement, leading to almost 26 assists per game. 
  • They lead the league in total rebounds and 4th in defensive rebounding.
  • Somewhat surprising is that the team leader in scoring with 26.8 points per game is Cam Thomas.
  • Mikal Bridges is the Nets star, second in scoring with 21.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.
  • Ben Simmons and Spencer Dinwiddie pass the ball superbly well, seeing their assists per game at 6.7 and 6.5 respectively. Simmons also leads the team in total and defensive rebounds, whilst the offensive boards are  grabbed by Nic Claxton.

Last Time Out For The Nets

  • Their last outing was on November 30, a 129-128 home court loss to Charlotte.
  • Cam Thomas (26), Mikal Bridges (22) and Nic Claxton (20) led the team in scoring but they came up short in what was a tight game throughout. 
  • Starting 5 – Spencer Dinwiddie, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Nic Claxton
  • Cam Thomas, Day’Ron Sharpe, Lonnie Walker IV and Trendon Watford all came from the bench. Harry GIles was a coaching decision to not play, whilst Dennis Smith Jr and Royce O’Neale did not dress.
  • Armani Brooks, Darius Bazley, Ben Simmons,, Keon Johnson, Noah Clowney, Dariq Whitehead and Jalen Wilson were all either inactive, injured or a coaching did not play decision.

Tonight

  • Their injury report sees Ben Simmons, Lonnie Walker IV, Noah Clowney and Dariq Whitehead listed as out. Dennis Smith Jr is day-to-day and likely to be available.
  • Expect no change to their last outing starting 5.

Head-To-Head With The Nets 

  • In 128 regular season games played and the score stands at 69-59 to the Magic.
  • Last season was a 1-2 victory for the Nets with each team taking the home court games. 
  • Orlando have only won 3 of the last 11 regular season encounters.
  • Only one of those Orlando victories came in Brooklyn, being December 2021.
  • The only meeting this season came in Brooklyn, a 104-124 loss for Orlando, in a somewhat lacklustre performance. Orlando had 16 turnovers but as most were live-ball turnovers, the Magic could not get the defence in place. It saw the Nets scoring 27 points directly from those mistakes. In the final quarter everything seemed to fail for Orlando on both ends of the court.
  • Franz Wagner led the Magic with 21 points. Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 29 points. That was in fact the last game Orlando lost.

Orlando Magic History Awaits And Here’s Our Final Thoughts

  • Tonight is an opportunity for a revenge win over the Nets, a result that ultimately saw the Magic eliminated from the in-season tournament.
  • Brooklyn will not be an easy opponent, to win Orlando need to be better defensively than of late and reduce their turnovers.
  • Being a back-to-back I thought we’d reiterate how the Magic are fairing.
    • This Season – First Night 2-2 : Second Night 2-1
    • Last Season – First Night 6-7 : Second Night 1-12
  • Now let’s go and get that 10th consecutive win, Orlando Magic history awaits!

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