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The Magic Face A Rampant OKC Thunder

  • Tonight on the second night of a back-to-back the Magic face a rampant OKC Thunder team on the road in Oklahoma. The game is a huge test for a undermanned Orlando. 

Regular Season Game 39 – Orlando Magic vs Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Venue – Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 
  • U.K. tip time is 1am, which is 8pm in Orlando and 7pm in Oklahoma.
  • To watch here in the U.K. you will again need an active NBA League Pass subscription.

Orlando Magic 

  • Regular Season Record: 21-17
  • Run: Lost 2 and are 4-6 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 8-12
  • Standing: 8th in the East 
  • Points Per GameFor 112.8 (22nd) Against 111.6 (8th)
  • RatingOffensive 23rd Defensive 2nd
  • Undermanned and starting a difficult 4 game Eastern Conference 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-back this season sees the Magic fairing very like last season so far.
    • This Season – First Night 3-5 : Second Night 2-5
    • Last Season – First Night 6-7 : Second Night 1-12

Last Time Out – vs Miami Heat

  • Some bad luck and missed opportunities saw the Orlando Magic fall to the Miami Heat by 96-99 last night. 
  • The Magic could have taken the win but left points behind as they failed to connect on 8 of their 20 free throws.
  • Paolo Banchero led the Magic as he recorded 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. He’d sunk a jump shot with 38 seconds remaining that gave Orlando a lead. He had a couple of opportunities to put the Magic back in front at the death but was unable to connect. He missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer just before the buzzer, grabbed the rebound again, unfortunately seeing it slip out of his grip.
  • Joe Ingles returned to the side after missing the last 13 games and put up 14 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. Chuma Okeke scored a season-best 16 points, Moe Wagner made 19 points off the bench. 
  • The starting unit was Jalen Suggs, Caleb Houstan, Chuma Okeke, Paolo Banchero and Goga Bitadze.
  • From the bench came Joe Ingles, Cole Anthony, Anthony Black, Moritz Wagner, Markelle Fultz and Trevelin Queen.
  • Admiral Schofield was available but did not dress.

Tonight

  • Jonathan Isaac is available to play, no longer being on the injury report.
  • Markelle Fultz and Joe Ingles are both confirmed out tonight for “injury management”. 
  • Franz Wagner (ankle), Gary Harris (calf) and Wendell Carter Jr (knee injury) are also again confirmed as out.
  • Jett Howard remains out on a G League assignment.
  • Kevon Harris is listed as out, being a Coach’s decision.
  • It is most likely that Coach Mosley runs with the same starting group, though again perhaps Anthony Black could drop back into the starting unit as he recovers from illness. 
  • Jalen Suggs last night played through the illness the team has been dealing with. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 26-11 Run: Won 3 and are at 8-2 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 2nd in the West 
  • Points Per GameFor 122.8 (3rd) Against 113.7 (14th)
  • RatingOffensive 2nd Defensive 6th
  • At home the Thunder have a 15-5 record.
  • The Thunder are superb on attack, being fast and energetic. They are leagues leaders in points off of turnovers and 6th in fast break points. The team are third at scoring in the paint. Though not the highest volume three-point-shooting team they are the league’s most accurate. Shooting the two is also top 3 for accuracy. 
  • Defensively, the Thunder are very energetic. They lead the NBA in blocks, second at restricting opponent points in the paint and are 6th at making steals.
  • Leading OKC’s attack is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, with 31.4 points per game (3rd in the NBA) and is shooting 55.5% from the floor. 
  • Chet Holmgren is a force on both ends of the court. He putting up 18 points per game, shooting a field goal percentage 55.9% and is hitting 40.1% from the three. He is also blocking the fourth-most shots per game in the league at 2.5.

Last Time Out For The Thunder

  • Last time out OKC took a home court win over Portland, annihilating them by 77-139!
  • All five starters scored in double figures. OKC were led with a 31 point performance from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Josh Giddey hit a 13 point, 12 assist and 10 rebound triple-double.
  • Starting 5 – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Jalen Williams, Chet Holmgren

Tonight

  • The Thunder have no injury concerns. 
  • Therefore expect them to run again with their favoured starting five.
  • Their depth from the bench will allow them to rotate through to keep players fresh.

Head-To-Head With The Oklahoma City Thunder 

  • In 68 regular season games played the score stands at 26-42 to the Thunder.
  • The last three seasons have all been split 1-1, with the past two campaigns seeing each team win at home. 
  • Orlando last won the series in season 2008-09!

A Final Thought As The Magic Face A Rampant OKC Thunder

  • Aside from the Boston Celtics; the OKC Thunder are the only team with a top 5 offensive and defensive rating.
  • This is the first meeting of the number 1 and 2 picks of 2022, being Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren. Chet was unfortunately missing the entire campaign of 2022-23, hence this being his rookie season. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that Chet will join Paolo in winning Rookie of the Year.
  • Worth watching out for is Jalen Williams, building on his excellent rookie campaign of last season. He has scored 20-plus points in each of the last five games the Thunder have played.
  • The above is why we say tonight on the second night of a back-to-back it is a huge test as the Magic face a rampant OKC Thunder team. 

GO MAGIC!