Orlando Magic vs Milwaukee Bucks Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The last time the Magic and Bucks met in the playoffs was 2001!
- The Milwaukee Bucks swept the season series against the Orlando Magic.
- Orlando will be without defensive stopper Jonathan Isaac (torn ACL)
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Orlando Magic vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Orlando Magic||+12.5 -109||O 225.5-109||+700|
|Milwaukee Bucks||-12.5 -110||U 225.5 -112||-1000|
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Orlando Magic vs Milwaukee Bucks Predictions and Picks
The Orlando Magic look to be outmatched in this game and this series. Not only does Orlando struggle to score, but Milwaukee is also simultaneously one of the best offensive and defensive teams in the league.
Milwaukee Bucks def. Orlando Magic -1000
Milwaukee -12.5 -110
Over 225.5 -109
How to Watch Orlando Magic vs Milwaukee Bucks
|Orlando Magic vs Milwaukee Bucks Information|
|What||Orlando Magic vs Milwaukee Bucks|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Tuesday, August 18th, 2020; 1:30 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||TNT|
Head-to-Head: Orlando Magic vs Milwaukee Bucks
|Orlando Magic||Head-to-Head||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Steve Clifford||Head Coach||Mike Budenholzer|
|33-40 (8th in East, 18th Overall)||Standing||56-17 (1st in East, 1st Overall)|
|108.5 (23rd of 30)||Off Rtg||112.4 (8th of 30)|
|109.5 (10th of 30)||Def Rtg||102.9 (1st of 30)|
|98.6 (25th of 30)||Pace||105.1 (1st of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|N. Vucevic (19.6)||PPG||G. Antetokounmpo (29.5)|
|N. Vucevic (10.9)||RPG||G. Antetokounmpo (13.6)|
|M. Fultz (5.1)||APG||G. Antetokounmpo (5.6)|
|J. Isaac (1.6)||SPG||D. DiVincenzo (1.3)|
|J. Isaac (2.3)||BPG||B. Lopez (2.4)|
|K. Birch (.510)/N. Vucevic (8.0)||FG%/FGM||G. Antetokounmpo (.553)/G. Antetokounmpo (10.9)|
|E. Fournier (.399)/T-Fournier, Ross (2.6)||3P%/3PM||G. Hill (.460)/K. Middleton (2.4)|
Do the Magic Have the Firepower?
The Orlando Magic are not a team to be looked over in the NBA Playoffs. They are a disciplined team, coached by a defensive coach in Steve Clifford. Unfortunately, the offence isn’t their strong suit.
The Magic is loaded with capable wing and paint defenders, blessed with length and versatility at almost every position. Unfortunately, Orlando is 24th in the league in points per game, averaging just 107.3 with one of the leagues slowest offences.
Orlando will have to lean on All-Star Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, and Evan Fournier to carry the offensive load – along with Terrence Ross coming off the bench. To meet the Bucks’ 118.7 points per game is a tall order, one that Orlando hasn’t shown capable of in the regular season.
The Bucks Most Close Out on the Perimeter
The Milwaukee Bucks are the best defensive team in the NBA. Due to their organization and length on the court, the Bucks have been able to get away with giving up the most three-point attempts per game (39.3).
They may come off as fortunate against the Magic, who are 25th overall in three-point shooting percentage. However, it isn’t worth testing the shooting ability of key contributors like Vucevic, Fournier, Ross, and Augustin.
While the Magic’s percentages don’t favour the Magic, Milwaukee’s penchant for leaving the three available may come back to bite them. The Bucks allow their opponents to shoot 39.2% in losses, a mark the Magic have met in 21 games this season.
Magic Key Player: (F) Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon’s bounce is insane ?
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 20, 2020
Despite thrilling fans with his electrifying performances on the NBA Slam Dunk Contest stage, Aaron Gordon hasn’t quite become the star that Orlando has hoped for at this stage of his career.
Gordon’s scoring is down across the board, dropping in both production and efficiency. His inability to shoot consistently from the field has hindered the Magic considering they are short on scoring options in the first place.
The sixth-year forward will be tasked with guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo with Jonathan Isaac out of the line-up. Gordon is one of the few players in the league who won’t lack for strength against the reigning league MVP, but he will have to make the Greek Freak work on defence for the Magic to be successful.
Bucks Key Player: (G) Eric Bledsoe
— NBA (@NBA) March 27, 2019
Bucks starting point guard Eric Bledsoe used the NBA’s seeding schedule to try and find his rhythm after missing out on time due to injury.
While the defence is his first calling in Mike Budenholzer’s system, Bledsoe’s offence is crucial to the Bucks’ success. As the rotation shortens to around eight players, Bledsoe can’t afford to shoot poorly on kick-outs.
Where Bledsoe failed the Bucks in the 2019 NBA Playoffs was his abysmal three-point shooting. In the 2019 Eastern Conference Final, Bledsoe shot 17.2% from deep. With all the focus on Giannis, the ten-year NBA veteran can’t let his team down.
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