Los Angeles Clippers vs. Orlando Magic
NBA: Sunday, January 26, Amway Center, Orlando, Florida, 6:00 PM ET
The Los Angeles Clippers head to Amway Center in Orlando on Sunday night, looking for their 13th straight victory over the Magic. They’ve won the previous five road contests against the Magic and are undefeated in Orlando since 2013.
The Clippers have recorded five wins over their last six outings and are sitting at the third spot of the Western Conference standings, four and a half games behind the LA Lakers. On the other side, the Magic have dropped four of their previous five contests overall, but they are still No. 7 seed in the East. Orlando is four games ahead of the ninth-placed Detroit.
The Clippers beat the Heat on the back of Kawhi’s tremendous performanceThe LA Clippers are coming off a 122-117 victory at the Miami Heat this past Friday. They pulled off late in the third quarter, building a 16-point lead. Kawhi Leonard posted his first career triple-double with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, and the Claw hit the crucial free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Landry Shamet added 22 points and six assists, while the Clippers’ second unit scored 58 points along with 25 rebounds.
"It's because of you all," Leonard told teammates. "You all made shots. So that's all a triple-double is."
The Clippers are still without Paul George (hamstring), while Patrick Beverley (groin) is listed as doubtful for the clash against the Magic. Kawhi Leonard will continue to drive the Clippers’ offense, and he’s been averaging 34.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists over the last eight contests. The Clippers score 112.7 points per 100 possessions (6th in the league) on 46.2% shooting from the field (13th), surrendering 106.7 points in a return (7th) on 43.7% shooting from the field (3rd).
The Magic disappointed against the banged-up CelticsOrlando lost to the Boston Celtics 109-98 on Friday night, suffering its second straight defeat. Although the Celtics missed Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Magic couldn’t find a way to cope with their defense in the second half. Orlando blew a 16-point first-half lead, scoring just 41 points in the second half while surrendering 56 in a return. Evan Fournier led the way for the Magic with 30 points and five rebounds, but only two more guys scored in double figures. Nikola Vucevic posted a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Aaron Gordon added 12 points and four boards.
"At the end of the day, if you're going to beat that team, you're going to have to play through contact, not turn the ball over and have clean possessions," Magic coach Steve Clifford said. "It takes offensive energy and force and we had none of that."
After winning six of their first eight games in January, the Magic has dropped four of their previous five contests. They are one of the best defensive teams in the league, surrendering 106.4 points per 100 possessions (6th in the NBA) on 45.4% shooting from the field (13th). However, the Magic have been struggling offensively all season. They score only 105.8 points per 100 possessions (25th) on 43.4% shooting from the field (29th). Jonathan Isaac (knee) is done for the season, while D.J. Augustin and Al-Farouq Aminu are both out indefinitely due to knee injuries.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: LA Clippers:
- 4-1 ATS in the last five games against Orlando
- 5-1 ATS in the last six games against the Southeast Division
- 2-6 ATS in the last eight home games against the Clippers
- 1-4 ATS in the last five games overall