Magic vs Nets Live: The Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets meet Friday in NBA action at the HP Field House. The Orlando Magic entered the NBA hiatus winning six of their last nine games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 106.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 107.3 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 19.5 points and 11 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 18.8 points and 2.6 rebounds.
GAME: NBA 2020
When: July 31,
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Terrence Ross is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Gordon is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game.
The Brooklyn Nets entered the NBA break splitting their last eight games. The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 110.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 111.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Spencer Dinwiddie is averaging 20.6 points and 6.8 assists while Caris LeVert is averaging 17.7 points and 4.1 rebounds. Joe Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Taurean Prince is grabbing six rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.5 rebounds per game.
The Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Nets are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Friday games, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The over is 15-5-1 in Magic last 21 overall. The over is 4-0 in Nets last 4 Friday games. The Magic are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Brooklyn Nets ae having trouble fielding a full NBA roster with so many of their key players not around for the bubble, but that doesn’t mean we just throw them any sort of number. The Orlando Magic aren’t that good of a team even at full strength, and we’ve seen them lose to lesser opponents this season alone. This is an early start and we could see some sloppy basketball. I’ll take the points with the Nets before I lay this many free buckets with the Magic.utive playoff berth and ready to reach a level that will have them playing well in the postseason.
The Magic see the restart as an opportunity, and they plan to take advantage of it.
“We’re going to play meaningful games here, which is what this is all about,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said.
Orlando begins its seeding play Friday against the Brooklyn Nets at the HP Field House. Tipoff is at 2:30 p.m. and the game will air on Fox Sports Florida.
Clifford has repeatedly called this stretch “the eight most important games we’ll play this season.”
Of course, how the Magic fare in the seeding games determines if they move on to what will become the most important games of the season — in the playoffs.
“We’re pushing each other to execute,” Magic forward James Ennis said. “Everybody’s really focused. We’re ready for Friday.”
The Magic will have to be. With only eight games left and a playoff spot to clinch, they have little time to waste.
Yet, the Magic understand they must embrace a sense of urgency without looking too far ahead. To do that, forward Aaron Gordon said they’ll treat each game like it’s the postseason.
“We play every game like it’s a playoff game, [with] that urgency, [and] that desperation that we need,” he said. “We don’t want to be on that bubble and have that play-in with the Wizards.”Orlando can take a big first step on Friday. If they beat the Nets, the Magic will move into seventh in the Eastern Conference standings.
Orlando was playing some of the best offensive basketball in the league prior to the shutdown, and Clifford said giving players more minutes was a big reason for the offensive surge. He said that minutes structure will be difficult to duplicate because of the abbreviated training camp and the compressed game schedule of the restart. The Magic will play eight games in a 15-day stretch.
“We’re just not in a place where guys are going to play eight games in 15 nights and play 36, [or] 37 minutes,” Clifford said. “We’ll put a lot of thought into it, but it will start with who can play and how many minutes can they play.”
Clifford said he’s looking at a 10- or 11-man rotation on Friday. While he didn’t specify who those players would be, Clifford said on Wednesday he would like to play point guard Markelle Fultz and forward Jonathan Isaac. They made their restart debuts in Monday’s final scrimmage, with Isaac seeing his first game action in nearly seven months.
Clifford said he’ll meet with high performance director David Tenney to “find out where he feels everybody’s at.”
Wes Iwundu likely won’t be available, according to Clifford. Iwundu entered the NBA’s concussion protocol after a fall Saturday against the Lakers.
Brooklyn, meanwhile, won’t resemble the team Orlando already has beaten twice this season. to this unprecedented experience for the Nets.
The Black Lives Matter protests and social justice movement that have come to the forefront over the last two months have remained a focus of players while on the NBA Campus. On Friday, Nets players will have social justice messages on the backs of their jerseys for the first time with the start of the official schedule. They are playing on a court with a “BLACK LIVES MATTER” statement painted across halfcourt.
On Wednesday, Jacque Vaughn said any other statement or action the Nets players take at Friday’s game would be done in unison, something Garrett Temple echoed.
“I think everybody may do something different, every team,” said Temple. “Our team, whatever we do we’re gonna do it as a team and make sure everybody’s OK with what we do. We haven’t come to a specific decision but y’all will see what we do, but we will do something and y’all will see it when it happens.”
It’s a backdrop like no other for the NBA as the Nets return to play. But four-and-a-half months after the season was stopped during their California road trip, they will take the court in a game that counts as the league goes ahead with completing the 2019-20 season. Vaughn addressed the restart prior to the team’s final scrimmage on Monday against Utah.
“I think overall there’s just a few pillars in life that you can continue to lean on, the sacrificing for others, the empathy for others, the ability to show gratitude,” said Vaughn. “And so I said to the team coming out that this is a great opportunity for us and there should be an appreciation level to grow with each other to appreciate each other’s differences, to acknowledge them for us to enjoy this time in our lives. This is unprecedented and to be a part of it you might as well lean into a little bit of gratitude.”The Nets will begin the season restart on Friday with 14 available players as they get ready to play eight games in 14 days. In the final scrimmage on Monday, Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen each played 31 minutes, and Joe Harris played 29. After the opt-outs and injuries, that trio is the core of the restart roster.
“A lot of pressure that way for those guys to perform, but I think they appreciate that,” said Jacque Vaughn. “They are unbelievable teammates, all three of them, and understand that their roles are important, very interconnected in our success and how we share the basketball, and the independent jobs they each have. They’ll play the most minutes more than likely, they’ll play the most minutes again, that’ll be their task. That’s why we’ve been very tactical in how we’re going to build them up and what was the best options of playing and not playing some scrimmage games just to get them in position to sustain. So right now they’re in a good place and hopefully that continues.”
After that, the Nets have a combination that consists mostly of new arrivals — they have added five players — and players that have at times been in and out of the rotation over the first five months of the season. If it doesn’t lead to a deep rotation, it may lead to a fluid one.
“I think we’ll have a variety,” said Vaughn. “We’ll be strategic of when we’re going to have a short rotation, and the games that we’ll extend that rotation. So depending on what games they are I think that’ll be the most mindful thing for us.”
Two of the new arrivals did not play in any of the scrimmages, and they represent opposite ends of the spectrum. Donta Hall is a rookie forward and center who spent most of this season in the G League, playing in four NBA games. Jamal Crawford is a 40-year-old veteran of 1,326 games who is now in his 20th NBA season.
“We’ll continue to assess Donta and Jamal and see when they’ll participate in games,” said Vaughn. “They haven’t done any scrimmages, but we’re very mindful of the Orlando game isn’t the be-all game for us. We want to be healthy throughout this and we’ll continue to be vigilant in keeping our guys in a healthy position.”
The Nets have been easing Hall into things since his first practice on Friday with a lot of individual workouts.
“I would say Jamal is definitely ahead just because he’s played over 1,300 games in his career,” said Vaughn. “He’s a guy that understands his body, understands the different flows of the game and how he can impact the game. Conversely, with Donta being a younger player, we’ll need a little bit more input on how he can impact the team. Fully confident in Jamal’s ability to impact the game when he does return for us.”The Orlando Magic will head to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as they get set to restart the NBA regular season with a matchup versus the Brooklyn Nets.
The Magic will be hosting the NBA restart, though their homecourt advantage will essentially be negated without fans in the stands. Orlando needs to finish at least four games ahead of the ninth-place Washington Wizards to avoid a play-in tournament for the final postseason spot. Currently, the Magic own a 5.5-game advantage over the Wizards with eight games remaining on the schedule.