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It’s a Southeast Division contest on the floor down in Hotlanta. The Orlando Magic is on the road as they travel to face the Atlanta Hawks Saturday night. Orlando was on the road as they faced Milwaukee Saturday night in their last game. Atlanta was at home as they squared off with Charlotte in another Southeast Division tilt Saturday night. The Hawks own a 58-55 advantage in the all-time regular season series but the Magic took the first meeting this season, prevailing 122-103 on the road back on January 21.
Orlando Magic Trying to Climb Eastern Conference Standings
Orlando was on the road in Milwaukee Saturday night as they faced the Eastern Conference-leading Bucks. The Magic entered Saturday tied for 10th in the Eastern Conference, three games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot. Orlando is 3-7 in the second game of back to back situations this season. In those games, the Magic averages 110.4 points per game, which is better than their full season mark of 104.9 points per game. Orlando allows 115.3 points a game in those situations, which is worse than their full season
The Magic has been below average this season putting the ball in the basket: they are 27th in the league with 104.9 points per game. Orlando stands 23rd on the glass with 43.7 boards per contest and is 14thwith 24.6 assists a night. The Magic is 9th in scoring defense as they allow 107.9 points a game. Evan Fournier is third on the team with 15 points per contest. Nikola Vucevic (team high 20.6 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists), Aaron Gordon (15.9 points, 7.4 rebounds) and Terrence Ross (14.7 points) are all averaging in double figures this season. Markelle Fultz, D.J. Augustin (11.6 points, 4.7 assists), Jarell Martin, Mo Bamba, Wesley Iwundu, Johnathan Isaac and Jerian Grant are all important pieces of the rotation for Steve Clifford. The Magic is 25th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 44.8 percent as a team. Orlando is 17th with 11 made threes per game while the team is 19th in three-point percentage as they shoot 34.9 percent from downtown. Timofey Mozgov is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Bamba is out with a stress fracture in his leg. Fultz continues his rehab for thoracic outlet syndrome and expects to return this season.
Atlanta Hawks Looking for Division Win
Atlanta was at home to face Charlotte in their last contest on Saturday night in another Southeast Division matchup. The Hawks entered Saturday 12th in the Eastern Conference, 7.5 games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot. Atlanta is 2-4 in the second game of back to back situations this season. The Hawks average 107.3 points per game in the second game of back to backs compared to their full season mark of 110.4 points per contest. Atlanta gives up 115.3 points per game, which is an improvement over their full season mark of 118.2 points per contest.
The Hawks are 19th in the league in scoring offense with 110.9 points per game this season. Atlanta is 13th in the league in rebounding (45.5 rpg) and 10th with 25.5 assists per contest. The Hawks are 30th in the NBA in scoring defense as they allow 118.2 points per game. Taurean Prince is contributing 13.5 points plus 3.8 rebounds per game on the year. Rookie Trae Young is second on the team with 16.8 points plus 7.4 assists while Kent Bazemore is putting up 13.5 points a night. The Hawks need more production from Miles Plumlee, John Collins (team high 19.6 points, 10 rebounds), Jeremy Lin (10.8 points), Dewayne Dedmon, Omari Spellman, Vince Carter, Alex Poythress and Alex Len offensively in order to have any success. The Hawks are 18th in the league by shooting 45.3 percent from the floor as a team. Atlanta is 7th in the league with 11.9 made three pointers a night and tied for 24th in three-point shooting as the team hits 34.1 percent from beyond the arc. Plumlee is out until mid-February after a non-surgical procedure on his knee, which could be a factor here.
- Hawks are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Sunday games
- Magic are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games
- Magic are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest