When and where: January 31, 2019, Amway Center, Orlando, FL, 7:00 PM ET
The weakened Indiana Pacers continue the fight to keep their playoff hopes alive on Thursday when going on the road to take on the Orlando Magic. Positivity is scarce around a Magic team that has lost seven of its last eight games, including Tuesday’s fourth straight loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Meanwhile, the Pacers are coming off three straight losses to the Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies.
Pacers get lit up by the Warriors
Not even Victor Oladipo could have saved the Pacers from the shellacking they received at the hands of the Warriors on Monday night. The Pacers were dominated on both ends of the floor by the defending NBA champions. By the end of the first quarter, they were already down 40-22. It was basically an uphill battle after that point as they desperately attempted to fend off waves of offense.
The same was the case in Wednesday night’s loss to the Wizards.
The Pacers fell behind 35-25 in the first quarter and were controlled relatively easily by the Wizards for the rest of the game for a 107-89 loss.
The loss of Oladipo has seemingly had a profound mental impact on the team. It has been a week since the team’s leading scorer was reported to be done for the season with a ruptured quad tendon. The mere sight of seeing him carried out of the arena on a stretcher had to be depressing for a Pacers team that looked like the dark horse in the Eastern Conference.
However, that didn’t look to be the case on Wednesday as they were throttle by the Wizards.
Forward Thaddeus Young finished with a team-high 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Bojan Bogdanovic netted 12 points, two rebounds and two assists. Those were the only two starters that scored in double figures. Domantas Sabonis, T.J. Leaf, Doug McDermott and Aaron Holiday all contributed double scoring figures off the bench.
Magic lose their fourth straight
The Magic were ahead by five points at one point in the fourth quarter of their game on Tuesday night against the Thunder, but all it did was delay the inevitable as the Thunder eventually stormed back in the contest and took over. Such has been the case for a Magic team that is seemingly always on a losing streak.
The defensive team that was once lauded as being underrated this season allowed Thunder guard Dennis Schroder to take over the game late by scoring 18 points in the fourth quarter. That was on top of another triple-double performance by Russell Westbrook and allowing Paul George to go off for 37 points. The 126-117 loss to the Thunder sent the Magic crashing to 20-31 on the season with their fourth consecutive loss.
Center Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 27 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks, while guard Evan Fournier added 17 points and four rebounds. Terrance Ross also had a strong night off the bench with 16 points and six rebounds.
- Magic are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games against teams in the NBA Central
- Magic are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games against teams with a winning % above .600
- Magic are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games against teams with a winning road record
- Magic are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games
- Pacers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against teams in the NBA Southeast
- Pacers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest
- Pacers are 16-35-2 ATS in their last 53 Thursday games
- Pacers are 8-0 ATS in the last 8 head-to-head meetings in Orlando