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Round 3 Of Orlando Versus Miami

  • Tonight is Round 3 of Orlando versus Miami. Can the Magic finally “Beat The Heat” this season as we welcome our Conference, Division and State rivals into the Kia Center?

Regular Season Game 43 – Miami Heat vs Orlando Magic 

  • Venue – Kia Center, Orlando, Florida 
  • U.K. tip time is 11pm, which is 6pm in Orlando.
  • To watch here in the U.K. you will again need an active NBA League Pass subscription.

Orlando Magic 

  • Regular Season Record: 22-20
  • Run: Lost 2 and are 3-7 in the last 10 played.
  • Home Record 13-6 (13-5 in the Kia Center; one “home court” loss was in Mexico City)
  • Road Record 9-14
  • Standing: 8th in the East 
  • Points Per GameFor 111.9 Against 111.4
  • RatingOffensive 24th Defensive 5th
  • This game is the first night of a tough home court back-to-back against two teams that Orlando are trying to keep pace with. The Cleveland Cavaliers visit tomorrow evening. 
  • Back-to-back games this season see the Magic fairing similarly to last season so far.
    • This Season – First Night 3-5 : Second Night 2-6
    • Last Season – First Night 6-7 : Second Night 1-12

Last Time Out – vs The Philadelphia 76ers 

  • In the game between the two on December 27th the Magic were 3 down early in the final quarter only for the Sixers to go on a big run to seal it. This time with the Magic trailing by 4 at the halfway point of the third quarter again Philly seized full control with a 12-3 run. 
  • Joel Embiid (36 points) and Tyrese Maxey (32 points) put on a clinic in scoring as the Sixers won in Orlando by 124-109. 
  • Orlando shot 43.5% from 3-point range and the Magic bench scored 69 points.
  • Persistent fouls and turnovers were a huge contributor in Orlando’s loss.
  • Wendell Carter Jr again playing off the Magic bench put up a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds (both his season highs). 
  • Jalen Suggs scored 16 to lead the starting unit, followed by Paolo Banchero with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. 
  • Truthfully, something felt off all night with Orlando including the rotations which at times seemed muddled.
  • The starting unit was again Jalen Suggs, Caleb Houstan, Chuma Okeke, Paolo Banchero and Goga Bitadze.
  • From the bench came Cole Anthony, Wendell Carter Jr, Jonathan Isaac, Markelle Fultz, Joe Ingles, Anthony Black, Moritz Wagner, Trevelin Queen, Jett Howard and Kevon Harris (his first appearance of the season).
  • Admiral Schofield was available but did not dress.

Tonight

  • Franz Wagner (ankle) having missed the last 8 games has been upgraded to day-to-day and is questionable to play.
  • Gary Harris (calf) is listed as out for the 9th consecutive game.
  • Is tonight the game where we see Coach Mosley change up his starting group? Against the Sixers Markelle Fultz played 22 minutes and Wendell Carter Jr totalling 26 minutes.

The Miami Heat 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 24-18 Run: Lost 2 and are at 5-5 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 6th in the East 
  • Points Per GameFor 111.4 Against 110.8
  • RatingOffensive 20th Defensive 11th
  • On the road the Miami Heat have a 12-10 record.
  • Having played the Heat twice in under a month not too much has changed in respect of the Heat and their statistics. They take one of the lowest total field goal attempts per game in the league but do get to the free throw line a decent amount. Despite being extremely physical in defence they are a low fouling and lower turnover team. 
  • The 3-point-percentage has dropped back a little since we last met, seeing the Heat no longer the leagues most efficient team from distance. They are now making 12.4 per game of their 33 shots taken.
  • The Heat’s three stars lead this team. Tyler Herro (22.5 ppg), Bam Adebayo (21.5 ppg) and Jimmy Butler (21.3) account for over half the Heat’s scoring per game. Rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr is hitting over 50% from the field and making 14 points per game.
  • The Heat defence is very effectively built around defending inside the 2 point line. They restrict opponents points in the paint to 47.9 per game. Miami continue to excel at preventing second chance points, conceding 12.9 per game.

Last Time Out For The Heat

  • As it was in Orlando, so it was in Miami as the Atlanta Hawks took a road win on the back of a Dejounte Murray buzzer beater. It saw Miami fall to a 109-108 defeat. 
  • As the score suggests this one had been close throughout, with the 18 lead changes and 8 ties.
  • The Heat’s big three of Butler (25 points), Herro (25 points) and Adebayo (21 points) led the team. From the bench Duncan Robinson hit 14 points.
  • Starting 5 – Caleb Martin, Tyler Herro, Nikola Jovic, Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo
  • Kyle Lowry, Josh Richardson, Duncan Robinson, Hayward Highsmith and Kevin Love came from the bench.
  • Thomas Bryant was listed as available but did not play. 

Tonight

  • Tyler Herro (shoulder) is day-today but probable.
  • Jamie Jacquez Jr (groin) is out.
  • 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 could be forced into a change from the previous outing if Herro doesn’t get the go-ahead. Otherwise expect that Head Coach Erik Spoelstra to run the same units.

Head-To-Head With The Heat

  • Ahead of Round 3 of Orlando versus Miami there have been 136 regular season games played. The score stands at 58-78 to the Heat.
  • The teams have met twice so far this campaign. 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.
  • 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 For Round 3 Of Orlando Versus Miami

  • The Magic are still above the .500 mark. The Chicago Bulls in 9th are starting to apply pressure to our current standing. Simply put whilst the game is not quite a must win it is becoming increasingly important to pick up a result or two to stay in contention as we move into the second half of the season. 
  • Therefore, a win tonight against one of the teams we are chasing would be a huge bonus. 

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