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#577 Philadelphia 76ers 208.5 vs.
#578 Orlando Magic -2.5
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
Amway Center, Orlando
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s a battle of Eastern Conference teams down in the Sunshine State. The Philadelphia 76ers were on the road as they travel to face the Orlando Magic Wednesday night. Philadelphia was in action Tuesday night at home against Cleveland, taking a 98-97 victory with a late rally. Orlando was dropped 109-102 at home by Indiana in their previous contest on Sunday. The Magic owns a 77-38 advantage in the all-time regular season series between the teams but the teams split four matchups last season. In the most recent meeting, it was the Magic rolling to a 119-98 home win on March 25, 2019.

Philadelphia 76ers Log Second Game of Back to Back

Philadelphia battled Cleveland at home on Tuesday night so the 76ers are logging the second game of a back to back here. The 76ers enter this game tied for second in the Atlantic Division, 1.5 games behind the Celtics. Philadelphia led by three after the opening quarter and by six at the half: their lead was trimmed to four after three quarters. The 76ers trailed 97-92 with 3:34 to play but held the Cavaliers scoreless the rest of the way. Joel Embiid had the go-ahead dunk with 13.2 seconds to play and Philadelphia came up with the stop on the other end of the floor to get the win. Philadelphia shot 44.9 percent from the field despite going only eight of 38 from three-point range in the contest. The 76ers were led by Embiid’s 27 points and 16 rebounds in the game.

The 76ers are 16th in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 111 points per game on the year. Philadelphia is sixth by collecting 47.7 rebounds per contest while the team is fifth by dishing out 26 assists per game. The 76ers are ninth in the league in scoring defense as they allow 106.2 points per game this season. Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia with 22.3 points, 11.8 rebounds and three assists per game on the year. Tobias Harris puts up 18.3 points plus 8.6 boards a game, Ben Simmons adds 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists and three steals a night while Al Horford (15.9 points, 7.4 rebounds) along with Josh Richardson (13.3 points) are all off to strong starts this season. Simmons is questionable after missing the last two games with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder that he sustained against Utah: Raul Neto steps in for the interim. Philadelphia is 6th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.6 percent from the field as a team on the year. The 76ers are tied for 20th in the league as they splash 10.6 triples a night while ranking 15th by shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc on the year.

Orlando Magic Seeking to Get Untracked

Orlando suffered their fifth loss in their last six games as they were upended by Indiana in their last contest. The Magic entered Tuesday tied for fourth in the Southeast Division, 3.5 games behind the Heat for the division lead. Orlando led by four after the opening quarter and by nine at the half before things unraveled. The Magic was outscored 30-17 in the third quarter to trail by four and couldn’t get closer than two the rest of the way. Orlando shot 46.1 percent from the field, including 15 of 36 from three-point range, but was beaten 43-37 on the glass. Evan Fournier led the Magic with 22 points in the loss.

The Magic is 30th in the league in scoring offense with 98.1 points per game so far this season. Orlando is 9th in the league in rebounding with 46.9 boards per contest and 23rd with 21.9 assists per game this season. The Magic is second in the league in scoring defense as they allow only 99.3 points per contest. Nikola Vucevic contributes 17.1 points plus 11.5 rebounds per contest to lead the team. Evan Fournier is second on the team with 15.5 points per game this season. while Markelle Fultz (9.7 points) and D.J. Augustin (9.3 points, 4.2 assists) have contributed in the early going. The Magic will need more from Aaron Gordon (13.6 points, 5.5 rebounds), Al-Farouq Aminu and Jonathan Isaac (12.1 points, 6.7 rebounds) in order to have success. Orlando is second-last in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 41.7 percent from the floor as a team. The Magic are 29th in the league in threes per game as they knock down 8.7 triples per contest while the team is 30th in three-point shooting by converting only 28.2 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.

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Philadelphia is playing the second game of a back to back here but they are playing an Orlando team that is reeling at the moment. The Magic has dropped five of their previous six and they aren’t getting the production they’d like from guys like Terrence Ross, who is shooting 32.5 percent from the floor and only 22.2 percent from beyond the arc this season. Orlando simply isn’t clicking offensively and that proves to be their undoing here. Philadelphia, battling the fatigue factor, gets back on track by picking up the road win here.

 

Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -3

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We just saw Philadelphia struggle to put points on the board against Cleveland. The 76ers needed a late rally just to win the game as a double-digit favorite, so they were nowhere near covering. Orlando is a tough defensive team and can make things hard for opposing teams. If the Magic's offense ever catches up to their defensive production, they could be a dangerous team. As it stands, Philadelphia is playing the second game of a back to back, which means shots may start coming up short in the later stages. Can the 76ers extract another win out of their hats here?

The under is 9-4 in their last 13 games against Eastern Conference teams. Orlando has seen the under go 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days of rest, 6-1-1 in their last 8 home games and 8-2-1 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference foes. Given the 76ers' struggles against Cleveland, the fact that they are playing the second game of a back to back, and Orlando's inefficiency on the offensive end, this one falls short of the number.

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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.