Orlando Magic vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 5 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Orlando Magic have lost their last three games against the Milwaukee Bucks by a margin of 14.6 points per game.
- After shooting 33% from three in Game 1, the Milwaukee Bucks have shot 41.2% from three in the last three games.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the series in scoring with 31.3 points per game.
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Magic vs Bucks Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Orlando Magic||+14 -109||O 227.5 -108||+750|
|Milwaukee Bucks||-14 -112||U 227.5 -112||-1115|
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Magic vs Bucks Predictions and Picks
While the Orlando Magic put up a good fight, we expect the gentleman’s sweep from the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5. The Bucks’ shooting has been too much for the Magic to handle, on top of Orlando’s inability to keep up offensively.
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||Wednesday, August 26th, 2020; 4:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||NBATV|
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)|
Playoff Leaders (Per Game)
|N. Vucevic (29.5)||PPG||G. Antetokounmpo (31.3)|
|T. Ross (10.0)||RPG||G. Antetokounmpo (15.8)|
|D. Augustin (6.8)||APG||G. Antetokounmpo (6.8)|
|T-Clark, Ennis, Fournier, Fultz (1.3)||SPG||E. Bledsoe (1.5)|
|N. Vucevic (0.8)||BPG||B. Lopez (1.3)|
|N. Vucevic (.547)/N. Vucevic (11.8)||FG%/FGM||R. Lopez (.750)/G. Antetokounmpo (12.0)|
|D. Augustin (.462)/N. Vucevic (3.8)||3P%/3PM||W. Matthews (.524)/W. Matthews (2.8)|
Orlando Must Make it Just About Giannis
What gave the Orlando Magic success in their first match against the Bucks was their ability to challenge Giannis in the paint, but still limit other Bucks from succeeding offensively. In their most recent loss, Orlando was unable to contain both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.
Khris Middleton will be the main issue in Game 5 for the representatives of Florida. After a combined 16 points in Game 1 and 2 on five of 20 shooting from the field for Middleton, he’s bounced back in Games 3 and 4 with a combined 38 points on 14 of 36 shooting. While his percentages still aren’t great, Orlando’s inability to contain him is hurting them.
Terrence Ross, James Ennis, and Gary Clark have all been contributing well on offence, but they must do more to defensively if they hope to contain the Milwaukee Bucks. In order to survive to see another game, the Magic wings must contain the likes of Middleton and others on the perimeter on top of their regular offensive contributions.
The Bucks Must Get off to a Strong Start
Going into the fourth quarter, the Milwaukee Bucks only led the Orlando Magic by three. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter, when Khris Middleton caught fire, that the Bucks were able to seal the deal.
A big reason why the Bucks struggled in the first three quarters was because of the suffocating defence by the Orlando Magic. Orlando is packing the paint against the Bucks and Middleton is even seeing the box-and-one treatment at times from James Ennis.
For whatever reason, James Ennis was off the court when Middleton went off in the fourth quarter. In order to seal the series for themselves, Milwaukee needs a strong start, powered by a number of role players. Not just by Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Magic Key Player: (C) Nikola Vucevic
Vucevic continues his feast inside with a putback jam pic.twitter.com/EXDc1TsXKh
— Main Team (@MainTeamSports) August 21, 2020
In an elimination game, it all comes down to the stars. Does Nikola Vucevic have enough to stave off elimination at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks? What’s certain is that Vucevic is a star, despite three straight losses he has been the second-best, if not the best, a player in the series.
Over four games played, Vucevic is averaging 29.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game on 54.7% from the field and 44.1% from three.
Vucevic’s dominance on offence is the only thing keeping the Magic in games at times. He’s been exploited on the defensive end at times, so he will have to limit the number of points he gives up if he wants to help Orlando to a Game 5 victory.
Bucks Key Player: (F) Giannis Antetokounmpo
This Giannis euro-step SLAM ? pic.twitter.com/qRVJPFziOd
— NBA TV (@NBATV) August 24, 2020
Fresh off of being named Defensive Player of the Year, Giannis Antetokounmpo looks to eliminate the Orlando Magic from the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The reigning MVP and definitive leader of the Wisconsin-based club, Antetokounmpo’s dominance on both ends is what has powered them to their recent three-game win streak.
Throughout the series, Antetokounmpo has been the Bucks’ only consistent offensive outlet. He is averaging 31.3 points per game, 15.8 rebounds per game, and 6.8 assists on 57.8% shooting from the field.
Antetokounmpo is unstoppable from the floor, but he’s shown a clear weakness from the perimeter. More willing to shoot, but just as unlikely to make the shots, the Greek Freak must not fall in love with the three-pointer.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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