The Atlanta Hawks are on the road for a battle with the Orlando Magic. The Hawks are (14-39), coming off a 112-107 loss to the Boston Celtics. The Magic are (22-31), after falling at home to the Milwaukee Bucks, 111-95.
Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic Head to Head
The Hawks and the Orlando Magic have played 118 games in the regular season with 60 victories for the Hawks and 58 for the Magic. This will be the third meeting this season with Atlanta holding a 2-0 lead. Last season the Magic swept the Hawks 4-0.
Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic Stats
In the Hawks loss to the Celtics, Atlanta was guided on offense by John Collins. Collins collected 30 points and 10 rebounds. The Hawks shot 41% from the floor and 33% from 3-point distance. Atlanta took the loss, being out scored 48 to 39 from 3-point range. The Hawks led by 1 point at the half, but were out scored 33 to 18 in the 3rd quarter and were unable to overcome the deficit.
In the Magic loss to the Bucks, Orlando was led throughout the game by Nikola Vucevic. Vucevic recorded a double-double, totaling 21 points and 14 rebounds. The Magic shot 38% from the floor and 25% from distance. The Magic were out rebounded, 62 to 46. Orlando allowed Milwaukee to connect on 45% from the floor.
The Magic do have a good scoring defense, giving up less than 105 per contest, which is the best in the league. The Hawks have the 29th ranked scoring defense, look for the Magic to have some success on offense at home.
That charge has been headed with second-year point guard Trae Young emerging as one of the top young players in the NBA. Young is putting forth a career-best campaign as he’s fourth in the league with 29.3 points along with being second with 9.0 assists on 44.5 percent shooting from the floor and 37.0 percent from the floor. Yong has been an absolute tear in his last five games with more than 30 points four times with a double-double in three of those instances. Young is coming off an impressive 48-point outing in double overtime against the New York Knicks. If the Hawks hope to top the Magic, it will need Young to put up yet another stellar performance.
The Magic have been led by the consistent play of big man Nikola Vucevic despite him not having a campaign that would earn him another All-Star Game selection. He has been leading the way for the team averaging a double-double with 18.8 points and 10.9 rebounds while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor. Vucevic has turned it up a bit over the last five games as he’s posted more than 20 points four times with a pair of double-doubles. The Magic will likely lean on him to head the charge on their home floor against a Hawks’ team that is still working through things in their frontcourt after the addition of Clint Capela. Vucevic will have to be their primary offensive weapon if they hope to pull out a win.
Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic News
Missing players Magic: Skal Labissiere (Knee) is out indefinitely. DeAndre’ Bembr (Hand), Cam Reddish (Concussion) and Clint Capela (Heel) are questionable.
Missing players Hawks: D.J. Augustin (Knee), Al-Farouq Aminu (Knee) and Jonathan Isaac (Knee) are out injured.
Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic Odds
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Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic Predictions
The Hawks have been poor on the road, having gone 6-22 on the road. The Magic are an even 13-13 at home. The Magic have one of the lowest scoring offense’s, averaging just over 103 per game, which ranks 29th. However, the Magic do have a good scoring defense, giving up less than 105 per contest, which is the best in the league. The Hawks have the 29th ranked scoring defense, look for the Magic to have some success on offense at home. Final score prediction, Magic will win and cover, 109-101.