Brooklyn Nets vs Orlando Magic: Predictions and Odds

How to Watch

What: Brooklyn Nets at Orlando Magic

Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL

When: Monday, 6 January 2020, 7:00 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): Fox Sports Florida, YES | 96.9 FM THE GAME / 98.1 SALSA Y MAS, WCBS 880 AM

Brooklyn Nets (Away)

Head Coach: Kenny Atkinson {All-Time 106-173 | BKN}

Projected Starting Five: (G) Spencer Dinwiddie – (G) Garrett Temple – (F) Joe Harris – (F) Taurean Prince – (C) Jarrett Allen

Season Record: 16-18

Top Performers:

  • (G) Kyrie Irving – 33.8 MPG | 28.5 PPG | 5.4 RPG | 7.2 APG
  • (G) Spencer Dinwiddie – 30.7 MPG | 22.8 PPG | 6.3 APG | .299 3P%
  • (G) Caris LeVert – 31.6 MPG | 16.8 PPG | 5.0 RPG | 4.0 APG

The Brooklyn Nets are fighting for their place in the top eight of the Eastern Conference. While they are sub-.500 at the moment, they have a chance to come within a game when they face the Orlando Magic.

Brooklyn is coming off of a disappointing loss to the Toronto Raptors. While they led the match by a total of 16 at one point, the Nets crumbled against the shorthanded champions’ defense.

Brooklyn’s ability to take off the ball will be tested once again, as they face off with the Orlando Magic. Orlando’s defense is in the top third of the NBA, so Brooklyn will have to prove they can overcome ball pressure where they failed in their last game.

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Orlando Magic (Home)

Head Coach: Steve Clifford {All-Time 254-274 | CHA, ORL}

Projected Starting Five: (G) Markelle Fultz – (G) Evan Fournier – (F) Wes Iwundu – (F) Aaron Gordon – (C) Nikola Vucevic

Season Record: 16-20

Top Performers:

  • (G) Evan Fournier – 31.1. MPG | 19.0 PPG | 3.1 APG | .406 3P%
  • (C) Nikola Vucevic – 31.4 MPG | 18.4 PPG | 10.8 RPG | 3.4 APG
  • (F) Terrence Ross – 25.2 MPG | 13.5 PPG | 2.8 RPG | .344 3P%

The Orlando Magic haven’t gotten off to the start they’ve wanted to with almost half the season through. They are however still in the playoff race but have a number of playoff hopefuls nipping at their heels.

The Magic are coming off of a disappointing loss to the Utah Jazz, after an impressive victory over the Miami Heat. Against Utah, their offensive output couldn’t keep up.

They take on a Brooklyn Nets team that is desperate for a win after a difficult five-game losing streak. Brooklyn’s offence is a concern, especially after allowing the Jazz to score 109 to their 96.

What’s At Stake?

The Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic have faced off many times before. In 113 regular-season meetings, the Magic lead the Nets 63-50.

A win for the Brooklyn Nets would award them a two-game lead over the Orlando Magic in the table.

A win for the Orlando Magic would bring them to level with the Brooklyn Nets in the table.

Questions to answer

Can the Brooklyn Nets maintain a lead for once?

Can the Orlando Magic find their offensive and defensive balance?

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

Ball Security is Paramount for the Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are by no means a complete team. They are missing a number of key pieces, but as a team, they were unable to compete with the determination of the Toronto Raptors in their last game.

The Nets were red-hot to start their last match, but when pressured they crumbled. Brooklyn was up 16 against the reigning champions but were forced into committing 24 turnovers to their 24 assists.

While the Magic aren’t the best in the NBA at forcing turnovers, they are third in the league in steals. Brooklyn has grown into a pattern, being 23rd in the league in turnover per game at 15.7. Dinwiddie and Jordan must be stronger leaders, as they accounted for nine of the Nets’ 24 turnovers last game.

Orlando Must Find Their Defensive Consistency

The Magic fought tooth and nail against the Utah Jazz for three quarters in their last match. Unfortunately, a fourth-quarter run by their opponents was all it took to put away Orlando.

Opening the quarter down 66-65, the Magic allowed the Jazz to open a 17-5 run to put them away. All of this came off the back of a defensive victory where they beat the Heat and held them to only six points in the fourth quarter.

The Nets are unlikely to give them any reprieve, as they scored 102 on the NBA’s second-best defence in the Toronto Raptors. The pressure will be on the likes of Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross to key their offence as much as their defence.

Brooklyn’s Shooting Must Continue

The Nets were red-hot in the opening quarter against the Toronto Raptors. Despite winning the first quarter 33-24, the Nets went on to lose the remaining three quarters.

The Nets shot a blistering 47.8% from the field, as the Raptors did not have the personnel to stop them in the paint. They were also respectable from three, going 13-35, before going cold late.

Spencer Dinwiddie was excellent as usual and Caris LeVert looks ready for more minutes. If their shooting must improve anywhere, it is at the free-throw line. The Nets were 73.5% from the line in their last match, keying their opponents’ run.

Orlando Must Compete on the Glass

Orlando is without a doubt, a fantastic defensive outfit. Unfortunately, they struggle when on the glass. Sitting in the bottom third of the league in all rebounding categories.

When the Magic take on the Nets, they face the NBA’s second-best rebounding outfit. Not only do they allow few second opportunities, but they average 10.6 offensive rebounds per game.

The likes of Them Birch and Nikola Vucevic will be needed to fend off the strength of DeAndre Jordan and Jarrett Allen. Whether or not they can rebound from the wing without Jonathan Isaac and Al-Farouq Aminu is another question.

Brooklyn Nets Roster Notes

(C) Nic Claxton – 4 Jan 2020 – Out (Hamstring) – The Nets have listed Claxton as OUT for Saturday’s game (Jan. 4) against the Raptors.

(G) Kyrie Irving – 2 Jan 2020 – Out (Right Shoulder) – Irving has not been cleared for contact yet and no timetable has been announced for his return, according to Malika Andrews of ESPN.

(F) Kevin Durant – 23 Oct 2019 – Out (Achilles) – Nets General Manager Sean Marks said the team does not plan on playing Durant this season, according to Ian Begley of SNY TV.

Orlando Magic Roster Notes

(G) Michael Carter-Williams – 3 Jan 2020 – Out (Shoulder) – There is no timetable for Carter-Williams’ return, according to Josh Robbins of The Athletic.

(F) Jonathan Isaac – 2 Jan 2020 – Out (Knee) – Isaac will miss at least 2 months due to a severe sprain and bone contusion in his left knee according to Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman.

(F) Al-Farouq Aminu – 4 Dec 2019 – Out (Right Knee) – The Magic announced that Aminu is dealing with a torn meniscus. There is no timetable for his return.

Head-to-Head: (G) Caris LeVert vs (F) Terrence Ross

A matchup of two of the NBA’s best bench scorers face off. Caris LeVert looked great in his return from injury, while Terrence Ross continues to be one of the leagues best scoring reserves.

(G) Caris LeVert (6-6, 205lb (198cm, 92kg) | Michigan | 3 Years)

 

 

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2025BKN1031.616.85.04.0.421.361

 

It seems that whenever Caris LeVert gets on a roll, he suffers an injury. He’s missed 23 games, but looked excellent in his return against the Raptors.

Despite only playing 16 minutes, LeVert was 5-7 from the field and converted on both of his three-point field-goal attempts. Seeing as the Nets missed a secondary ball handler and shooting threat, expect Atkinson to lean on LeVert more heavily.

(F) Terrence Ross (6-6, 206lb (198cm, 93kg) | Washington | 7 Years)

 

 

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2028ORL3325.013.22.80.9.412.348

 

After a short cold-spell, Terrence Ross has come back to form. He is 16 of 29 in his last two games after scoring a combined 49 points. His shooting from deep has been particularly valuable, going 8-18 in his last two.

The Magic failed to score 100 points in their last match against the Jazz, an excellent defensive outfit. They should be able to step up their attack against the less defensively-adept Nets. Ross’ shooting off the bench will be essential.

Brooklyn Nets at Orlando Magic Predictions and Odds

The odds will be updated as they are made available.

Why the Brooklyn Nets Will Win

Brooklyn are a fine offensive team. They can take this game if they have the maturity to take care of the basketball, while also maintaining their offensive form.

Why the Orlando Magic Will Win

The Magic may be able to use their defensive prowess to exploit the Nets’ tendency to turnover the ball. To win, they’ll have to prove they can consistently score the ball themselves.

WSN’s Pick

The Brooklyn Nets were sloppy in their last defeat, but the match was characterized by a lack of discipline. They are unlikely to be so careless against the Magic, and their shooting is already something to be feared.

WSN Picks: Brooklyn Nets defeat Orlando Magic

Brooklyn Nets vs Orlando Magic Odds

Find the latest odds for Brooklyn Nets vs Orlando Magic below. For more NBA odds visit bet365 NJ, DraftKings Sportsbook, and Caesars NJ.

Money Line

SportsbookNetsMagic
bet365 NJ+180-220
DraftKings+190-230
Caesars NJ+185-220

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