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The Magic Flying High In Atlanta

  • The second night of a back-to-back sees the Magic flying high in Atlanta, looking to make it 3 wins out of 3 on this road trip.

Regular Season Game 58 – Orlando Magic vs Atlanta Hawks

  • Venue – State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia  
  • U.K. tip time is midnight, which is 7pm in Orlando and Atlanta
  • Here in the U.K. to watch live or on demand you will need an active NBA League Pass subscription.

Orlando Magic 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 32-25
  • Run: Won 3 and are 8-2 in the last 10 played.
  • Home Record 18-8 (18-7 in the Kia Center; one “home court” loss was in Mexico City).
  • Road Record 14-17
  • Standing: 6th in the East
  • Points Per GameFor 111.8 Against 110.8
  • RatingOffensive 23rd Defensive 4th
  • This is the second night of a back-to-back for the Magic. Looking at back-to-back games this season, the Magic are fairing better than last season.
    • This Season – First Night 6-6 : Second Night 3-8
    • Last Season – First Night 6-7 : Second Night 1-12
  • The Magic and drama have seemingly gone hand-in-hand on the road this season. 31 road games played, 15 decided by a margin of five points or less, with 11 of those by three points or less. Throw in the “home” game in Mexico City and that statistic becomes 16 and 12.

Last Time Out For Orlando: vs Detroit Pistons

  • The Magic took a hard fought, heart stopping, nail biting road win over the Pistons last night by 112-109.
  • This was another team win, with 8 of the 11 players used by Coach Mosley registering double digit scoring. It saw 25 assists, 9 blocks and 9 steals, along with eventually getting on top of the turnovers.
  • As we said in our preview the Pistons are better than their record. It took a a clutch baseline pull up jumper from Paolo Banchero with 0.8 seconds remaining over a defending Jalen Duren to seal the win. Paolo was also fouled on the shot, making the subsequent free throw to provide a three point cushion. Despite being under the weather, Paolo finished with a team-high 15 points.
  • Franz Wagner, Jalen Suggs and Moe Wagner each scored 14 points. Moe Wagner was again all energy to lead the bench in scoring.
  • Cole Anthony again hit 13 points to go along with 7 assists. Gary Harris and Jonathan Isaac each posted 12 points. Wendell Carter Jr finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
  • The starting lineup was Jalen Suggs, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr.
  • From the bench Goga Bitadze, Cole Anthony, Jonathan Isaac, Anthony Black, Joe Ingles and Moritz Wagner.
  • Caleb Houstan and Chuma Okeke were unused on the bench. 
  • Markelle Fultz, Jett Howard, Admiral Schofield, Kevon Harris and Trevelin Queen were all inactive for the Magic.

Tonight

  • Markelle Fultz missed a third consecutive game for injury management last night. He no longer appears on the injury report.
  • Gary Harris is however out with a calf injury.
  • A very late scratch is Paolo Banchero. He has managed to play through an illness but unfortunately he has finally succumbed.
  • Jett Howard is again assigned to the G-League with the Osceola Magic.
  • Kevon Harris and Trevelin Queen are listed as out, being two-way G-League.
  • With the Magic flying high in Atlanta Coach Mosley will be changing his starting 5. Expect Fultz to step back into the starting point guard spot, with Jalen Suggs switching to the shooting guard with Gary Harris out. The bigger question is between using JI, Ingles, Moe Wagner or Chuma to replace Paolo. Coach is likely to spread the minutes around tonight, being the second night of a road-to-road back-to-back that sees the two tip times only 23 hours apart.

The Atlanta Hawks 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 24-32 Run: Lost 3 and are at 5-5 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 10th in the East 
  • Points Per GameFor 121.3 Against 123.9
  • RatingOffensive 6th Defensive 30th
  • At home the Hawks have a 13-16 record.
  • These two teams met on January 17th and statistically little has changed.
  • No team shoots the ball more per game than the Hawks do. On average they take 94 shots, with a shade over 38 of those coming from three-point-range. They make almost 44 of those shots, with roughly 14 being on the three.
  • They lead the league in offensive rebounds and shoot the fifth most free throws per game, with a high degree of accuracy.
  • However the Atlanta defence has been relatively ineffective all season in all areas. They are susceptible to second chance opportunities, scoring in the paint and off the fast break.
  • Trae Young continues to be top 10 in categories relating to assists and free throws. Whilst his points per game has dropped he is still averaging 26.4, along with 10.8 assists and 1.4 steals.
  • Scoring comes from the many in Atlanta. Aside from Trae Young there is Dejounte Murray (21.5), Bogdan Bogdanovich (16.9), Jalen Johnson (15.6), De’Andre Hunter (15.1), Saddiq Bey (13.6) and Clint Capella (11.3).
  • Besides the double digit scoring Clint Capella is again a dominant shot blocker and rebounder. He leads the league in offensive rebound categories.

Last Time Out For The Atlanta Hawks 

  • Their last outing was a 123-121 home defeat to the Toronto Raptors on February 23rd.
  • Though Toronto led for most of the game it was a tight affair for most of the competition.
  • Dejounte Murray led the team as he flirted with a triple-double of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.
  • De’Andre Hunter followed up with 22 points to lead the bench.
  • Saddiq Bey produced 18 points and 9 rebounds. 
  • Bogdan Bogdanovich, Jalen Johnson, Bruno Fernando and Trae Young rounded out the double digit scoring.
  • The starting 5 was Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Saddiq Bey, Jalen Johnson, Clint Capella
  • From the bench came Bogdan Bogdanovich, Garrison Mathews, Bruno Fernando and De’Andre Hunter.
  • Wesley Matthews and Patty Mills were available but did not play. 
  • Onyeka Okongwu, Kobe Bufkin, Trent Forrest, AJ Griffin, Mouhamed Gueye, Seth Lundy and Vit Krejci were all listed as inactive.

Tonight

  • Trae Young is out having sustained a finger injury against the Raptors.
  • Onyeka Okongwu (toe) and Mouhamed Gueye (back) are both confirmed as out.
  • Trent Forrest is out, listed as ineligible to play
  • AJ Griffin is out on G-League assignment. Seth Lundy and Vit Krejci as two-way G-League players are out.
  • Atlanta coach; Quin Snyder will with Young out have a huge hole to plug and will have to shuffle a somewhat undermanned pack accordingly.

Head-To-Head With The Atlanta Hawks 

  • In 134 regular season games played the score stands at 63-71 to Atlanta.
  • This is the final meeting of 4 games this season. So far the Hawks lead the season 2-1.
  • As part of the NBA’s Global Games on game day 8 the Magic travelled to Mexico City for what was listed as home fixture for the Magic. In a tight, hard fought game Orlando came away defeated by 120-119 after Trae Young found an open Dejounte Murray in the corner, who knocked down the game-winning triple.
  • An overtime battle on game day 36 saw a undermanned Orlando Magic outlast the Atlanta Hawks to take a home court 110-117 win. Playing a point forward role Paolo Banchero poured in a double-double of 35 points and 10 rebounds. 
  • A third meeting of the season on game day 41 again came down to the wire. The Hawks snatched a 104-106 home court victory when at the buzzer Dejounte Murray hit a game-winning jump shot. The Magic as a team managed to make just 10 of their 35 attempts with the three-ball (28.6 percent%).
  • Over the last two seasons the series has been taken 3-1 by the Atlanta Hawks. 
  • The Magic have only won 3 of the last 14 encounters.
  • The last time Orlando won a series was season 2018-19 (taking it 4-0).

A Final Thought With The Magic Flying High In Atlanta

  • Be under no illusion Atlanta are, as with Detroit better than their record.
  • Both teams have the absence of their star player to overcome.
  • For Orlando the loss of an ever present Paolo Banchero is far from ideal. It will leave the defence of Atlanta able to focus heavily on Franz Wagner. Something we all know about the Magic is that they play as a team, fighting through any adversity together. This situation will be no different.
  • With Trae Young not making the game Dejounte Murray will not shy away from the increased responsibility. He has already twice hurt the Magic with late daggers.
  • If this game is another tight one then a statistic to look for is that of leading going into the final quarter. When the Magic have a lead at that point of the game this season they hold a 26-1 win record.
  • And finally, to update a statistic from yesterday’s preview. 25 games remain for the Magic and they are fully in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Only 5 wins separate Cleveland in second from Miami in 8th. Including tonight there are 15 home games (including an 8 game homestand) and 10 on the road. 15 of the remaining games are against teams ranked below .500, including the next 6 straight.

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