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The Magic Close Out The Road Trip At The Pacers

Tonight we have an early tip as the Magic close out the road trip at the Pacers. A tough test for the Magic defence against Indiana’s offence.

Regular Season Game 13 – Orlando Magic vs Indiana Pacers

  • Venue – The Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana 
  • U.K. tip time is 10:00pm, which is 5pm for our friends in Orlando. 
  • To watch here in the U.K. you will need an active NBA League Pass subscription. 

Orlando Magic 

  • Regular Season Record: 7-5 Run: won 2
  • In-Season Tournament Record: 1-1 Points Differential: minus 14
  • Home Record 3-2 Road Record 4-3
  • Standing: 7th in the East
  • Points Per GameFor 107.8 (28th) Against 105.8 (4th)
  • RatingOffensive 26th Defensive 2nd
  • The Magic continue to rank poorly on many offensive categories. The team are second in the league for free throws attempted and 4th made, having made 244 of the 326 attempts this season. They are now 9th in making offensive rebounds, such an important factor in the Magic getting points on the board. 
  • It is in defensive categories that Orlando are excelling. The Magic are 2nd for steals made per game, a huge factor in why opponents turn the ball over against us so often (2nd in the NBA). Defensively the Magic are conceding the second fewest field goal attempts, opponent total rebounds made and have the fewest assists. 
  • Scoring is being led now by Franz Wagner (18.5) with Paolo Banchero second with 18.3 ppg. Cole Anthony leads the bench in scoring (also third on the team) with 13.3 points per game.
  • Paolo Banchero is also the team leader for assists (4.8) per game. Jalen Suggs is the team leader for steals per game at 2.2 per game (that figure is the third best in the NBA). Jonathan Isaac leads the team with 1.4 blocks per game (18th in the NBA).

Last Game

  • Orlando took another thrilling victory in Chicago, the game being a virtual carbon copy of two nights before.
  • For a second straight game Orlando held Chicago to an NBA season-low 33 first-half points.
  • On Wednesday the Bulls had fought back from 19 down, this time around it was from 20 points. Again it was on the back of Zach LaVine, with strong support from DeMar DeRozan.
  • For Orlando important late scores came from Gary Harris, Franz Wagner and Jonathan Isaac.
  • Franz Wagner with 21 points led six Orlando players in double digit scoring. Jonathan Isaac posted season highs of 18 points and 9 rebounds. Gary Harris scored 15 points as he started in place of Jalen Suggs.
  • The starting unit was Anthony Black, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Goga Bitadze.
  • From the bench we saw Cole Anthony, Jonathan Isaac, Moe Wagner, Joe Ingles and Caleb Houstan.
  • The Magic had 24 assists, 46 rebounds and 7 blocks.

Tonight

  • The injury report is the same as in Chicago, Orlando having two players definitely absent. Markelle Fultz remains out due to left knee tendinitis. Wendell Carter Jr after surgery on a fractured left hand middle finger will be re-evaluated in the last week of November but could be out until the new year.
  • Jalen Suggs is again a game time decision after multiple knocks and impacts over the recent games. The injury report lists him as probable with a knee injury.
  • If Suggs is fit to play expect him to remain in the starting 5. If not our starting unit should again see Gary Harris play, alongside Anthony Black, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Goga Bitadze.

The Indiana Pacers

A Quick Look Back

  • Last season was a mediocre 35-47 in the win loss column, finishing 11th in the East.
  • The summer saw the addition of Bruce Brown and Obi Toppin, along with Indiana’s number 8 Draft pick; Jarace Walker at power forward.

Season Stats

  • Season Record: 7-4 Run: won 1
  • Standing: 4th in the East
  • Points Per GameFor 126.5 (1st) Against 123.4 (29th)
  • RatingOffensive 1st Defensive 27th
  • Offensively this is a team that shoots the ball incredibly well from every position. Number 1 in assists, field goals attempted and made, second in field goal percentage. They value the ball having the third least turnovers per game.
  • Defensive play is seeing them successfully limit the three-point-shot but inside the arc they are amongst the league’s weakest performers. Myles Turner is 9th in the NBA for blocks per game with 1.7.
  • Tyrese Haliburton is a league leader in assists (12.5 per game), rating strongly in the scoring charts (24.7 ppg). Myles Turner is second in scoring on the team with (17.9 ppg). Obi Toppin is proving highly efficient on shooting the two.

Last Time Out For The Pacers

  • The Pacers took an impressive 132-126 road win in Philadelphia on the 15th.
  • Having had a 9 point lead at the half the Pacers were pegged back in the third and saw Philly briefly take a small lead in the final quarter. However with a shade over 6 minutes to play the Pacers regained the lead and held it the rest of the way.
  • Tyrese Haliburton led the team with 33 points and 15 assists, being followed by Obi Toppin with 27 points.
  • Starting 5 – Tyrese Haliburton, Bennedict Mathurin, Bruce Brown, Obi Toppin, Myles Turner
  • Buddy Hield Aaron Nesmith, TJ McConnell, Isaiah Jackson, Andrew Nembhard and Jalen Smith all came from the bench.
  • Jordan Nwora, Ben Sheppard and Jarace Walker were all available but we’re a did not play decision by head coach Rick Carlisle.

Tonight

  • There are no injury concerns for the Pacers.
  • Expect the same units to play for the Pacers. Their starting unit has only varied once this season when Halliburton was unavailable to play. 

Head-To-Head With The Indiana Pacers

  • In 123 regular season games played and the score stands at 52-71 to the Pacers.
  • Last season was a 3-1 victory for the Pacers, winning both home games and once in Orlando.
  • The Magic last won in Indianapolis on Feb 2nd 2022, that being the only road win in the last 6 visits. 

A Final Thought As The Magic Close Out The Road Trip At The Pacers

  • Having had 4 days since playing last the Pacers come into tonight fresh. This will be the Magic’s third game in the period since the Pacers last played.
  • So far this season the Orlando Magic have not had a record below the .500 mark.
  • It is important to remember the team are currently playing without three starters and have a rookie guard running the point.
  • Turnovers remain a huge concern to the team and is a huge factor in the loss of big leads.
  • Orlando need to find how to bring their first half play into the second, seeing a massive points differential between the two halves. It is not making for comfortable watching for Magic fans. 
  • But let’s finish on a positive note, showing the progression that this developing young team are making and doing so in some adversity. Look back to last season, it took the Magic to game number 27 on December 9th to get to win number 7.

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