The Orlando Magic tip-off their 2021 NBA Regular Season with a trip to the AT&T Center as they take on the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday evening. The Magic finished second-last in the East with a paltry 21-51 record last season amidst a rebuild. The Spurs finished 10th in the West before ultimately losing in the play-in game with a 33-39 record. Both teams are looking for bounce-back seasons as they clash in Texas. The Spurs open this game as 5.5 point home favorites.
Magic Look for Better ResultsSince the Orlando Magic last took the floor, there have been a lot of changes. The team has a new head coach, features two rookies who were top 10 picks in the 2021 NBA Draft class, and fans are now welcomed back into the building at a level resembling pre-pandemic numbers. New head coach Jamahl Mosley has vowed to make the preseason just a glorious name for training camp. He has rolled out two different starting units and continues to tinker with various lineup combinations.
They have yet to settle on a starting unit for Wednesday’s game. Franz Wagner, who was drafted 8th overall, is truly a project. He has had a brutal preseason based on numbers but has shown glimpses of his raw potential. Jalen Suggs was their other top pick, but he’s been hampered with injuries and a recent bout with COVID-19. He is questionable to suit up on Wednesday. The Magic will pair Suggs in the backcourt with Cole Anthony, who averaged 12.9 ppg and 4.1 APG a season ago.
The Spurs had a tough go at home last season, finishing with an unsatisfactory 14-22 record at the AT&T Center. Although making the play-in game, they finished the year losing eight of their last 10 games and looking worn-down from shuffling various lineups. With DeRozan gone, expect Derrick White and Murray to carry the offensive load until they can develop some front-court playmakers.e Trends
- Spurs are 10-2 in their last 12 home games against the Magic
- Spurs are 10-4 in their last 14 games facing Southwest Division teams
- Magic are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games
- Magic are 4-16 in their last 20 games against the Spurs
- All trends found on oddshark.com