When and where: January 27, 2020, American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL, 7:30 PM ET
The Orlando Magic hope to avoid a fourth consecutive loss on Monday when traveling to the American Airlines Arena to take on the Miami Heat. It has been a continued freefall for a Magic team that has now lost five of their last six games. They are coming into Miami riding a three-game losing streak to the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder. Meanwhile, the Heat lost at home in an intense back-and-forth battle with the Clippers on Friday.
Heat’s kryptonite is Los AngelesThe Heat have only been defeated twice at the American Airlines Arena this season. Their first loss came at the hands of LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers. Then they had Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers to thank for the second loss on Friday night.
The Clippers were powered by Leonard’s first career triple-double, while the Heat were stung by another loss to another Los Angeles-based team featuring another top-three player.
They’ll try to get back on the winning track with the Magic scheduled for a visit on Monday. Orlando boasts some serious defensive problems for any team they face. They are currently ranked seventh in the NBA in defensive efficiency and No. 1 in points allowed. The Heat’s much-improved offense could be trouble with an injury-riddled roster. Jimmy Butler, Kendrick Nunn and Goran Dragic are all listed as questionable for the game with injuries.
Forward Bam Adebayo is also dealing with an ankle injury, but he is still expected to play in the game.
The Magic don’t have much to offer in the way of resistance on the offensive end of the floor. So it’ll come down to the Heat playing well on defense if they’re short-handed for the game. They are currently ranked 13th in the league on defense with opposing teams averaging 44.5 percent shooting when facing them.
Magic fail to bounce backThe precipitous skid for the Magic continued on Sunday as they dropped their third consecutive home loss in a game against the Clippers. They played well enough on defense to at least give themselves a chance to win. By the end of the night, they forced 17 turnovers and held the Clippers’ fourth-ranked scoring offense to 112 points.
But they couldn’t do enough on offense.
It was the same problem that has plagued them throughout the season. They shot a pitiful 35.4 percent from the floor and 21.9 percent from 3-pointer, while mustering only 97 points in the loss. That lack of offensive production isn’t going to cut it against one of the top-tier teams in the league. It certainly won’t cut it on the road against the Heat on Monday.
The Heat are averaging 116.5 points per game on their home floor this season. Despite the numerous injuries, the Magic will have to come into the game with the expectation that everyone will be playing. We already got a taste of Dion Waiters’ long-awaited return to Miami. So the Magic will have to figure out ways to generate more scoring than they have in previous games.
They have the second-worst scoring offense in the league, and they have been held to less than 100 points in four of their last six games.
Sunday’s game against the Clippers looked impossible for them to win with both offensive crutches, Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic, turning in disappointing performances. Things won’t get any easier on the road against a talented defensive team like the Heat. The Magic have to do better on offense to give themselves a chance to compete.
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Magic are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Magic are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record.
- Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Heat are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight up loss.
- Heat are 16-6-1 ATS in their last 23 home games.
- Heat are 21-8-2 ATS in their last 31 games following an ATS loss.