Brooklyn Nets vs Orlando Magic: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL

When: Friday, January 18th, 7:00 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): YES, Fox Sports Florida | FM 96.9 The Game, WFAN

Brooklyn Nets (Away)

Head Coach: Kenny Atkinson {All-Time 70-139 | BKN}

The Brooklyn Nets have been on a streak to climb up the ranks of the Eastern Conference. With a record of 22-23, the Nets are just a game back of reaching .500 and securing the seventh seat in the Eastern Conference table.

The Brooklyn Nets have been improving as of late and it is in part due to their diligence on the offensive end. They are top ten in all types of field-goal attempts, valuing volume of shots while maintaining quality in their distribution.

The Orlando Magic are a team that were on a similar trajectory to the Nets, but have stumbled in their development. Regardless the Magic are an athletic threat with shooters at the wing. If the Nets can have their defence match their offence, they should be able to dispatch the Magic.

Orlando Magic (Home)

Head Coach: Steve Clifford {All-Time | CHA, ORL}

The Orlando Magic have put on a bit of a run as of late in their attempt to break into the Eastern Conference’s top eight. With a record of 19-24 the Magic may pale in comparison to the East’s elite, but to drive their way into the playoff race would be a huge step for the team.

In their last ten matches, the Orlando Magic have broken even putting up a 5-5 record. They were even able to come out with some impressive wins against the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, and Houston Rockets.

The sheer will and focus it took for the Magic to win against higher tier teams in the NBA was impressive. If they can channel that same drive and effort against the Nets, they should be able to take down the rising Brooklyn squad.

What’s At Stake?

The Orlando Magic and the Brooklyn Nets meet again in this Eastern Conference matchup. In the all-time series the Orlando Magic lead the Brooklyn Nets 62-48.

A win for the Nets would bring them to .500 and just a step away from overtaking the Heat for sixth in the East.

A win for the Magic would pull them within a half game of the Charlotte Hornets who hold the eighth spot in the East.

Questions to answer

Will the Nets defence match their offence?

Can the Magic find their offensive efficiency?

We are going to compare the Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

The Nets are 21st in Defensive Rating

In a way you could say that for everything they gain on the offensive end, the Brooklyn Nets give away on the defensive end. While they maintain a premier shot blocker on the inside, their perimeter defence leaves much to be desired.

It all starts from the point of attack for the Nets. Star guards D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie boast a Defensive Box Plus/Minus of -1.0 and -2.6 respectively. With their lack of commitment on the defensive end, penetration run rampant against the Nets defence forcing their bigs into difficult switches and help situations.

The Nets guards are certainly capable of buying in on the defensive end. All of the athletic qualities they maintain on the offensive end should translate to the defensive end. Call it a sign of youth, but the Nets will have to grow up quickly if they hope to maintain their place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

The Magic are 26th in Offensive Efficiency

Quite a bit is left to be desired from the Orlando Magic’s offensive organization. Their lack of overall paces belies the true problems within their offence stemming from a distinct lack of versatility.

Five Magic players attempt more than 45% of their field-goals from beyond the arc, while only two of them shoot above the league average from three. Meanwhile of those five players, only two of those players have an assisted three-point field-goal percentage over 50%.

The magic attempt so few field-goals overall that it is difficult for them to get back into games when necessary. Considering most of their offence is run through Vucevic, who is playing like an all-star, there is an inevitable slow in pace. The question is whether or not they can find balance. As Vucevic faces off against a defensive presence like Allen, we may just see if the Magic can adapt to a more free-flowing pace.

Brooklyn Nets Roster Notes

G-F Allen Crabbe – Out (Knee) – Crabbe said he should be back to practicing by next Wednesday, according to Brian Lewis of the NY Post.

F Jared Dudley – Out (Left Hamstring) – The Nets have listed Dudley as OUT for Monday’s game (Jan. 14) against the Celtics.

F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – Day To Day (Right Adductor Strain) – The Nets have listed Hollis-Jefferson as QUESTIONABLE for Monday’s game (Jan. 14) against the Celtics.

G Caris LeVert – Out (Right Foot Dislocation) – Nearly a month after dislocating his foot, there is still no timetable for his return.

F Dzanan Musa – Out (Shoulder) – The Nets had listed Musa as OUT for Monday’s game (Jan. 14) against the Celtics.

Orlando Magic Roster Notes

C Mohamed Bamba – Out (Sore left foot) – The Magic have listed Bamba as OUT for Sunday’s game (Jan. 13) against the Rockets.

C Timofey Mozgov – Out (Sore Right Knee) – The Magic have listed Mozgov as OUT for Sunday’s game (Jan. 13) against the Rockets.

Head-to-Head: Jarrett Allen vs Aaron Gordon

Jarrett Allen

Center | 6-11, 237lb (211cm, 107kg) | Texas | Exp. 2 Years

11.5 PPG | 1.4 APG | 8.3 RPG | 0.6 SPG | 1.5 BPG | 1.3 TOV | .584 FG% | .160 3P%

Aaron Gordon

Power Forward | 6-9, 220lb (206cm, 99kg) | Arizona | Exp. 5 Years

15.7 PPG | 3.3 APG | 7.6 RPG | 0.8 SPG | 0.7 BPG | 1.9 TOV | .446 FG% | .358 3P%

Aaron Gordon and Jarrett Allen are two exciting young front court prospects. Both are incredibly versatile defensively and are growing on the offensive end. When the Nets and Magic meet, these two will likely be at the head of their teams success.

There’s more to Jarrett Allen than having the best hair in the NBA. He’s a versatile defensive centre with the speed and stamina to keep up with anyone on the court. While he struggles with heavier opponents, his length can usually compensate. He’ll see regular matches with Nicola Vucevic, so his defensive ability will be put to the test against the savvy veteran.

Aaron Gordon is a rather misunderstood player. Known for his incredible dunking ability, he has begun to expand his offensive abilities starting with his shooting. As he converts at the league average from three, he has become the primary option when it comes to late-game scenarios for the Magic. If Gordon can focus in on his decision making, he’ll become one of the NBA’s deadliest options.

Brooklyn Nets at Orlando Magic Predictions and Odds

The odds makers have the Brooklyn Nets favoured over the Orlando Magic by 1, with an over/under of 110.