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The Magic Go Against The Warriors

  • For our first game of 2024 the Magic go against the Warriors in San Francisco. For Orlando it is the first night of a testing back-to-back, being Golden State followed by the Sacramento Kings tomorrow.

Regular Season Game 33 – Orlando Magic vs Golden State Warriors

  • Venue – Chase Center, San Francisco, California
  • U.K. tip time is 3am, which is 7pm in San Francisco and 10pm for our friends in Orlando.
  • To watch here in the U.K. you will again need an active NBA League Pass subscription.

Orlando Magic 

  • Regular Season Record: 19-13
  • Run: lost 1 and are 4-6 in the last 10 played.
  • Home Record 12-4 (12-3 in the Kia Center; the Atlanta “home court” loss was in Mexico City)
  • Road Record 7-9
  • Standing: 4th in the East 
  • Points Per GameFor 112.8 (23rd) Against 110.7 (5th)
  • RatingOffensive 23rd Defensive 2nd
  • Orlando now sit at 7-9 against teams over .500. The record is 12-4 against teams at .500 and under. 
  • Back-to-backs see the Magic fairing a shade better than last season so far.
    • This Season – First Night 3-3 : Second Night 2-4
    • Last Season – First Night 6-7 : Second Night 1-12

Last Time Out – vs Phoenix Suns

  • The Magic started this road trip on New Years Eve with a hard fought loss in Phoenix to the Suns by 107-112. Unfortunately as a team the shooting went cold in the final quarter, missing multiple open looks to maintain or retake a small lead that had been secured having come back from as many as 16 points down.
  • Again Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner had strong all-around performances. Banchero finished with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Franz Wagner had 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. 
  • Wendell Carter Jr coming from the bench hit 17 points on an efficient 6-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range.
  • Orlando’s bench outscored Phoenix’s by 40-6. Unfortunately the Magic had 15 turnovers compared to just 6 by the Suns.
  • Kevin Durant led the Suns with 31 points, Bradley Beal scored 25 and Devin Booker had 21. 
  • There are some fans who are critical of the Magic performance in Phoenix and in-particular of Jalen Suggs and Goga Bitadze. In a minor way the criticism is understandable, the game was winnable. However; everyone sometimes has an off day and sport is no different. The encouraging part about this was that against a fully fit team who have some of the league’s best and are fancied to have a chance of making the Finals the Magic went toe-to-toe, ran with them and could have won it. 
  • The starting unit was Anthony Black, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Goga Bitadze.
  • From the bench came Gary Harris, Cole Anthony, Wendell Carter Jr, Moritz Wagner, Caleb Houstan and Chuma Okeke (for a full 8 seconds).
  • Admiral Schofield and Trevelin Queen were inactive.

Tonight

  • Jonathan Isaac (right hamstring soreness) is listed as out.
  • Joe Ingles (left ankle sprain) is again confirmed as out.
  • Markelle Fultz (left knee tendinitis) is shown as day-to-day and questionable. He remains a game time decision after having missed the last 24 fixtures.
  • Jett Howard is listed as out, again being on a G League assignment.
  • Finally, Kevon Harris is simply listed as out, being a Coach’s decision.
  • Wendell could continue to come from the bench as Coach Mosley did against Phoenix. That decision saw Wendell be far more Eve than when he was immediately into the starting 5. The question remains relevant for who starts at the point guard position if Markelle Fultz is fit to go. In many ways it is better keeping the continuity of the starting 5 whilst both Wendell and Markelle return to match fitness given the length of absence.

The Golden State Warriors

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 15-17 Run: Lost 3 consecutively and are at 5-5 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 11th in the West 
  • Points Per GameFor 116.8 (9th) Against 116.3 (19th)
  • RatingOffensive 14th Defensive 20th
  • Steph Curry is once again having a phenomenal campaign, scoring 27.3 points per game. That figure is the 9th most per game in the NBA. Curry has made the most 3-pointers in the league this season, knocking down 142, that is 21 more than Luka Doncic who is second.
  • Golden State are a top quality rebounding team, first on the offensive boards and second over all (47.3 per game).
  • Golden State also has a strong bench unit, who have outscored their opposition in all but six games this season.
  • Ball movement is a key with this team. Their players move without the ball and are rewarded by the passing, which sees them record 28.1 assists per game.
  • At home the Warriors are at a 9-8 record.

Last Time Out For Golden State

  • At home the Warriors took a 132-122 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
  • Steph Curry led the team with 25 points. Chris Paul put up a 24 points. Between them they shared 13 assists. 
  • Starting 5 – Steph Curry, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Jonathan Kuminga, Traycee Jackson-Davis.
  • From the bench came Brandin Podziemski, Andrew Wiggins, Dario Saric, Kevon Looney and Gary Payton II, 
  • Cory Joseph, Moses Moody, Lester Quinons and Gui Santos were available but did not play.
  • Usman Garuba and Jerome Robinson were unavailable and not with the team.

Tonight

  • Tonight as the Magic go against the Warriors Golden State have one injury absence, which is Gary Payton II. 
  • Draymond Green remains on a league suspension.
  • Golden State have had a far from settled starting unit this season. Both Wiggins and Looney have been regulars in the starting unit but recently Coach Steve Kerr has recently switched them to the bench.

Head-To-Head With The Warriors 

  • In 68 regular season games played the score stands at 36-32 to Orlando.
  • Last season saw the series took 2-0 by the Magic. Orlando are currently on a 3-0 winning streak over Golden State.
  • Despite all the Warriors success in recent years they have not won a series since season 2017-18. At that point the Warriors held an 11 game winning streak.

A Final Thought As The Magic Go Against The Warriors

  • Defensive rebounding could be a key for Orlando. They have to limit the Warriors to being one-and-done or their offensive ability could hurt our opportunities for victory.
  • Limiting Steph Curry is not an easy task for any team. In Black and Suggs the Magic have two energetic defensive minded players who if they can avoid fouling will present Curry with a challenge. It is something we recently saw them do to Jalen Brunson. Perhaps more than ever Golden State are reliant upon their two-time league MVP. 
  • Without a doubt for the Magic limiting turnovers is a must. It has been an issue throughout last season and has remained one throughout this.
  • Orlando will almost certainly need another strong performance from Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner. Across the Magic’s last six games, both players have averaging over 25 points per game.

The Let’s Talk Magic Game Preview

  • Here is the Let’s Talk Magic YouTube video preview as the Magic go against the Warriors in San Francisco.

GO MAGIC!