2021-10-21
Orlando Magic
San Antonio Spurs
League : NBA

San Antonio Spurs vs Orlando Magic Prediction & Preview



 

 

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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 Results

Since 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.

 

San Antonio lost the play-in game last season, finishing as the 10th seed in the Western Conference. The Spurs (33-39) had a playoff appearance streak of 22 straight seasons, but have missed the postseason for consecutive years. San Antonio lost leading scorer DeMar DeRozan to Chicago in the offseason and will turn to Dejounte Murray (15.7 ppg) to be the alpha dog.

 

 

 

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







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