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The Magic Go Against The Mavericks

Tonight the Magic go against the Mavericks with the aim to continue their great opening season momentum against another tough opponent. This was boosted further by Orlando’s rout of the Lakers. Dallas are on the second night of a back-to-back.

Regular Season Game 7 – Dallas Mavericks vs Orlando Magic

  • Venue – the Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
  • U.K. tip time is midnight, which is 7pm for our friends in Orlando. 
  • To watch here in the U.K. you will need an active NBA League Pass subscription. 

Orlando Magic 

  • Season Record: 4-2 Run: won 2
  • Home Record 2-0 Road Record 2-2
  • Standing: tied 3rd (tied 3rd – 4th with the Atlanta Hawks) in the East
  • Points Per Game: For – 109.7 (19th) Against – 103.5 (3rd)
  • Rating: Offensive 17th Defensive 2nd
  • The Magic are still ranking as league’s 2nd in steals and free throw attempts per game.
  • Scoring is being led by Franz Wagner with 19.8 ppg, followed by Paolo Banchero (17.5). Both have seen their scoring numbers improve over the past two games.
  • Paolo Banchero is also the team leader for both assists (5.5) and steals (1.8) per game. Jalen Suggs is also on 1.8 steals per game.

Last Game 

  • The Magic put on a complete performance to beat the LA Lakers 101-120, a win that left every Magic fan with a smile that was 10 miles wide! Even when in the 4th quarter the Lakers found significant momentum to come back from 23 down to within 13 the Magic took their best punch, regrouped and came out swinging, a Cole Anthony three point dagger with 4 minutes left saw the Lakers wave the white flag and empty the bench. This is another game this season that has seen the team find the mental strength in some adversity to take a win.
  • Lakers coach Darwin Ham was exceptionally honest and summed the game up well. He acknowledging both teams had significant injuries, saying that the win came down to mental attitude, before adding “Their energy, their effort, they outworked us.” Fair play coach.
  • Our offensive leaders produced standout performances. Franz Wagner put up 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Paolo Banchero produced a double-double with 25 points and 10 assists (to go with 7 rebounds).
  • You can’t ignore what our guards did, including a huge rebounding effort against the team that came into the Amway as the league’s 7th best rebounders. Anthony Black got his first career start with Markelle Fultz out. Black finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Suggs had 9 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and a block. Anthony tallied 14 points including the three-point jump shot that put an end to the Lakers resistance, 5 rebounds and an assist.
  • Goga Bitadze getting the start at centre produced a 10 point and 10 rebound double-double.
  • Orlando took 19 free throws, making 16 of them. 29 assists, 51 total rebounds and 9 blocks were very positive stats. A 36.4% rate with the three-point-shooting was a nice improvement.
  • The starting unit was a new one enforced through injury, being Anthony Black, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Goga Bitadze.

Tonight

  • As the Magic go against the Mavericks our injury report is much the same again. Markelle Fultz is now confirmed out again with left knee soreness and swelling. Gary Harris is out with a groin injury. Wendell Carter Jr is out having had surgery on a fracture to the left hand middle finger that will be re-evaluated in 3 weeks (the last week of November). It could see him out until the new year. An addition is Jonathan Isaac who has a sore hamstring and is questionable. Kevon Harris is however no longer listed.
  • As Markelle remains out our starting unit is likely to continue as Anthony Black, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Goga Bitadze. At centre who gets the start will depend in part upon who Coach Mosely feels better suited to take on Dereck Lively II. However by selecting Goga Bitadze it allows the coach to keep his second unit relatively intact, with Moe Wagner and Jonathan Isaac, alongside Cole Anthony and Joe Ingles.

The Dallas Mavericks

Looking Back

  • Last season was a failure for a team with championship ambitions. Following defeat to Golden State in the 2022 Western Conference Final the Mavs stumbled through the 2022-23 season, ultimately seeing a significant back step in attaining a 38-44 record, finishing 11th in the West
  • That struggle saw the big mid-season swing of pairing their main man Luca Doncic with Kyrie Irving, and it didn’t click. Therefore, for Jason Kidd getting the rotation around the Luka-Kyrie pairing was essential for it to work.
  • Kyrie Irving, Dwight Powell and Markieff Morris all re-signed. Other moves saw Grant Williams, Richaun Holmes, Seth Curry, Derrick Jones Jr and Dante Exum come in on trades or via free agency. Dereck Lively II and Olivier-Maxence Prosper were drafted.

Season Stats

  • Season Record: 5-1
  • Standing: 2nd in the West
  • Points Per Game: For – 121 (4th) Against – 116.2 (23rd)
  • Rating: Offensive 2nd Defensive 22nd
  • A hugely positive start for this team has seen them lose only once, a road loss to the defending champion Denver Nuggets.
  • Offensively this is a team with an eye for the three-pointer, taking the league’s most at almost 44 per game. They make in excess of 17 of those shots per game, a 39.7% success rate (2nd in the NBA).
  • They have taken 262 three-point shots in the season and just 8 more from inside the arc. However the accuracy of finishing inside is high, at above 55%. 
  • Shot creation is by a balanced combination of individual ability and assists. 
  • This is a team that values the ball, 3rd in fewest turnovers per game. They also get to the free throw line with ease.
  • They do try to limit opponents free throw opportunities. 

Last Time Out For The Mavs

  • Dallas are on the second night of a back-to-back. Last night they played a home game beating the Charlotte Hornets by 118-124.
  • 7 Dallas players scored in double digits. Luka Doncic led the team with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Both Kyrie Irving had an 18 point 10 assist double-double. Dereck Lively II produced a 15 point 14 rebound double-double.
  • Starting 5 was Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Grant Williams, Derrick Jones Jr and Dereck Lively II.
  • Tim Hardaway Jr, Dwight Powell, Dante Exum, Josh Green and Jaden Hardy came from the bench.
  • Richaun Holmes, Seth Curry, Markieff Morris we’re available but not used.

Tonight

  • Their injury report is not available. Last night only Maxi Kleber was out.
  • There is no real indication as to if on the second night of a back-to-back that Dallas make changes. The starting unit has seen only Luka Doncic, Grant Williams and Derrick Jones Jr start all 6. 

Head-To-Head With The Mavericks 

  • In 69 regular season games played the score stands at 29-40 to Dallas.
  • Over the last two seasons the series has been split 1-1, each team winning their home court game.

As The Magic Go Against The Mavericks A Final Thought

  • Tonight is against a team that are playing high level basketball, particularly in attack. 
  • They come in at virtually full strength but on the second night of a back-to-back that fly to Orlando immediately after their win last night.
  • At 4-2 the Magic need just one more win to achieve their total victories from the opening 25 games of the season. What has to be also noted is that to date we have not faced a team from the east. 
  • Defence will be the key to this game again for Orlando. Energy and intensity will be crucial against a team on what could be tired legs.

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