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The Magic Looking To Net A Win Over Brooklyn

  • Some subpar performances of late now sees the Magic looking to net a win over Brooklyn tonight in the battle for Eastern Conference seeding.

Regular Season Game 66 – Brooklyn Nets vs Orlando Magic

  • Venue – Kia Center, Orlando, Florida 
  • With the clocks stateside having sprung forwards it is another earlier tip time of 11pm here in the U.K., which is 7pm in Orlando. 
  • To watch live or on demand in the U.K. you will need an active NBA League Pass subscription.

Orlando Magic 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 37-28
  • Run: Lost 2 and are 7-3 in the last 10 played.
  • Home Record 21-9 (21-8 in the Kia Center; one “home court” loss was in Mexico City).
  • Road Record 16-19
  • Standing: 5th in the East
  • Points Per GameFor 110.6 Against 109.4
  • RatingOffensive 23rd Defensive 4th

Last Time Out – vs Indiana Pacers

  • Back home in the Kia Center and the Magic failed to deliver much of an offensive threat against the Indiana Pacers, falling to a 111-97 defeat.
  • In the first quarter the Magic had rhythm on both ends of the floor, twice holding an 11 point lead. Unfortunately a 15 point lead early in the second quarter for the Magic was as good as it got. The signs of what was to come were there as the Pacers steadily pegged back the Magic. A 3-point halftime Magic lead was obliterated by a 39 point Pacers third quarter. Indiana were more physical and displayed a better discipline as they got hot.
  • Again the points concede by Orlando were well below their opponents season average, but shooting a field goal percentage of below 40% again is not conducive to getting a win.
  • For the Orlando leaders it was an inefficient night shooting. Paolo Banchero led the Magic with 19 points, but that was on 6-of-20 shot attempts overall and made just 1-of-8 from 3-point-range. Franz Wagner, with 13 points, went 5-of-14 from the floor and 0-of-3 from downtown.
  • Cole Anthony was the bench leader with 16 points.
  • Wendell Carter Jr posted his sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
  • Joe Ingles completed the double-digit scoring for Orlando with 11 points.
  • The starting lineup was somewhat unexpected with Caleb Houstan joining Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr.
  • From the bench came Anthony Black, Jonathan Isaac, Cole Anthony, Joe Ingles and Moritz Wagner
  • Goga Bitadze, Chuma Okeke and Admiral Schofield were available but did not play.
  • Jalen Suggs, Markelle Fultz, Jett Howard, Kevon Harris and Trevelin Queen were all inactive for the Magic.

Tonight

  • After both missing the Pacers game Jalen Suggs (thigh contusion) and Markelle Fultz (left knee strain) are no longer listed on the injury report, and so are available again.
  • Jett Howard remains assigned to the G-League with the Osceola Magic.
  • Trevelin Queen and Kevon Harris are listed as out, being two-way G-League.
  • Suggs should get the start, likely joining Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr.

The Brooklyn Nets

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 26-39 Run: Won 1 and are at 5-5 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 11th in the East 
  • Points Per GameFor 111.9 Against 113.9
  • RatingOffensive 19th Defensive 19th
  • The Nets have a 10-21 road record.
  • On offence Brooklyn shoots the ball at a high clip from range. They put up almost 38 three-point-attempts per game and make just shy of 14. Ranking 6th in offensive rebounding when they miss  they do score well in second chance points. Turnovers are kept relatively low also.
  • Defensive play is seeing them successfully limit points in the paint at 47.6 (9th in the NBA). They are somewhat susceptible to the fast break. 
  • Perhaps unexpectedly the team leader in scoring with 21.3 points per game is Cam Thomas.
  • Mikal Bridges is the Nets leader, second in scoring with 20.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
  • Dennis Schroder in 14 games with the Nets has proven to be a solid acquisition. He is averaging 14.6 points and 5.9 assists. 
  • Cameron Johnson, Nic Claxton and Lonnie Walker IV all average double digit scoring. 

Last Time Out For The Brooklyn Nets 

  • On March 10th Brooklyn went to Cleveland and left with an impressive 120-101 win over the Cavs.
  • What was a relatively tight game was blown wide open as Brooklyn poured in a 44 point third quarter. It was a game that Brooklyn led for all but 3 of the 48 minutes of play. 
  • Cam Thomas led the with a 29 point performance. Mikal Bridges followed up with 25.
  • Dennis Schroder’s contributions were 17 points and 8 assist.
  • Nic Claxton with 16 points and 10 rebounds clinched a double-double. 
  • Starting 5 – Mikal Bridges, Dennis Schroder, Cam Thomas, Dorian Finney-Smith, Nic Claxton
  • From the bench came Dennis Smith Jr, Jalen Wilson, Day’Ron Sharpe, Lonnie Walker IV, Trendon Watford, Noah Clowney and Keita Bates-Diop.
  • Cameron Johnson, Ben Simmons, Keon Johnson, Dariq Whitehead, Jayden Martin and Jacob Gilyard were all inactive.

Tonight

  • Ben Simmons and Dariq Whitehead both out for the season.
  • Cameron Johnson (ankle) is day-to-day but probable.
  • Head coach Kevin Ollie will only have a decision to make on Cameron Johnson. Johnson has featured as a starter in 45 of his 49 games this season and if available could replace Cam Thomas in the starting 5.

Head-To-Head With The Brooklyn Nets 

  • In 130 regular season games played the score stands at 70-60 to Orlando.
  • Orlando have not won the series since season 2019-2020 (3-1). 
  • Orlando have only won 4 of the last 13 regular season encounters.
  • Last season was a 2-1 victory for the Nets, with each team taking the home court games. 
  • This season the Nets are again leading 2-1. The first game came in Brooklyn on match day 10 (November 14th). It was a 104-124 lacklustre loss for Orlando. Franz Wagner led the Magic with 21 points and the now Laker; Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 29 points. The second meeting on game day 20 (December 2nd) saw Brooklyn break a 9-game winning streak for Orlando. Again in the Barclays Center the Magic failed to produce. The arena is not a happy hunting ground for the Magic and on this occasion it saw a 101-129 loss. Paolo Banchero scored 19 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Mikal Bridges feasted for 42 points on an ineffective defensive performance by Orlando. On game day 59 (February 27th) the Magic were without Banchero but took a 81-108 home win. Franz Wagner led the Magic with 21 points, but it was the bench scoring and total team defensive efforts that carried the day. Dennis Schroder led Brooklyn with 15 points, whilst Mikal Bridges was held to just 4 points.
  • This will be the final meeting of the season.

A Final Thought With The Magic Looking To Net A Win Over Brooklyn

  • The Magic have on 18 occasions this season held opponents to under 100 points, winning 16 of those games, including the recent visit of Brooklyn to the Kia Center.
  • Do not expect any freebies tonight from the Nets. They are still chasing the play-in tournament, being 3 games back of Atlanta in 10th. 
  • Don’t panic about results or a dip in some players form. In sport it is not uncommon to see a young team on the cusp of becoming successful take a wobble late in the season. It is a part of development and learning how to deal with pressure.
  • As we said in our last preview, for Orlando every game at this point is important. From the New York Knicks in the 4th seed position with a 38-27 record to Miami in 8th with their 35-29 record just three wins separate the 5 positions. Tonight on the second night of a back-to-back the Pacers (6th) host the Bulls (9th), whilst the Heat (8th) are recreating last year’s Finals by hosting the defending champion Denver Nuggets.
As we said in our last preview, for Orlando every game at this point is important. From the New York Knicks in the 4th seed position with a 38-27 record to Miami in 8th with their 35-29 record just three wins separate the 5 positions. Tonight on the second night of a back-to-back the Pacers (6th) host the Bulls (9th), whilst the Heat (8th) are recreating last year’s Finals by hosting the defending champion Denver Nuggets.
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