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#515 San Antonio Spurs 212.5 vs.
#516 Orlando Magic -3
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
Amway Center, Orlando
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s an interconference matchup on the hardwood down in the Sunshine State. The San Antonio Spurs are on the road as they make the trip to face the Orlando Magic Friday night. San Antonio was dropped 129-114 on the road by Minnesota Wednesday night in their last game. Orlando took down Philadelphia 112-97 at home Wednesday night in their last contest. The Spurs own a 43-18 edge in the all-time regular season series between the teams, including a 129-90 road victory in the most recent contest on December 19, 2018.

San Antonio Spurs Trying to Snap Skid

San Antonio saw their losing streak reach three games as they were dumped by the Timberwolves in the opening game of their road trip Wednesday night. The Spurs entered Thursday third in the Southwest Division, three games behind the Rockets. San Antonio was down two after the opening quarter and by seven at the half. The Spurs rallied to tie the game at 83 but gave up an 11-2 run to trail by nine: they couldn’t get closer than six the rest of the way. San Antonio shot 48.9 percent from the field, including a three of 17 showing from three-point range, and was beaten 50-44 on the glass. DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 27 points in the loss.

The Spurs are average offensively this season, ranking 11th in scoring offense with 112.4 points per game. San Antonio is 4th in rebounding with 48.5 boards a contest while the team is tied for 14th in assists with 24 dimes per game. San Antonio is 23rd in the league in scoring defense as they allow 114.2 points a game. DeMar DeRozan leads the team with 20.1 points per contest this season. LaMarcus Aldridge (17.9 points, 5.9 rebounds), Bryn Forbes (14.3 points) and Derrick White (11.3 points) are solid contributors as well on the offensive end. Dejounte Murray (10.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists), Patty Mills (12 points) and Rudy Gay (10.7 points, 7.1 rebounds) are solid secondary scoring options. The Spurs are tied for 8th in the league by shooting 46.2 percent from the field. San Antonio is 29th in three-point field goals per game with 8.7 per contest. The Spurs are 19th in the league by knocking down 34 percent of their long-range attempts.

Orlando Magic Seeking Back to Back Home Wins

Orlando had lost five of their previous six games but took advantage of a tired Philadelphia team to pull away in the fourth quarter to earn the victory. The Magic entered Thursday tied for third in the Central Division, 3.5 games behind the Heat. Orlando was down one after the opening quarter, stood tied at the half and was down two after three quarters. The Magic broke through in the fourth, outscoring Philadelphia 32-15 to earn the victory. An 18-5 burst to start the final quarter gave Orlando a 98-87 advantage and they went on to the triumph. Orlando shot 44.2 percent from the field, including 10 of 32 from three-point range, and knocked down 26 of 34 free throws in the contest. Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 25 points and 12 rebounds in the win.

The Magic is 30th in the league in scoring offense with 99.4 points per game so far this season. Orlando is 9th in the league in rebounding with 47 boards per contest and 22nd with 22.4 assists per game this season. The Magic is first in the league in scoring defense as they allow only 99.1 points per contest. Nikola Vucevic contributes 17.8 points plus 11.5 rebounds per contest to lead the team. Evan Fournier is second on the team with 15.3 points per game this season. while Markelle Fultz (9.5 points) and D.J. Augustin (9.5 points, 4.5 assists) have contributed in the early going. The Magic will need more from Aaron Gordon (14 points, 6.2 rebounds), Al-Farouq Aminu and Jonathan Isaac (12.1 points, 6.5 rebounds) in order to have success. Orlando is second-last in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 42.1 percent from the floor as a team. The Magic are 28th in the league in threes per game as they knock down 8.8 triples per contest while the team is 30th in three-point shooting by converting only 28.5 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.

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Orlando has been excellent defensively but their inability to do a ton offensively is going to continue to be a concern. The Magic is dead last in scoring, second-worst in field goal percentage and last in three-point shooting. San Antonio has dropped three straight but they have been sound offensively. The Spurs’ issues have been on the defensive end of the floor lately and they are looking to get back on track. San Antonio has the veteran presence that can carry them in crunch time: look for the Spurs to snap their slide and prevail in this contest.

Prediction: San Antonio Spurs +3.5

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Orlando is dead last in the league in scoring offense, which leaves plenty to be desired for those who are fans of high-scoring contests. The Magic has managed to crack the century mark in each of their last four games after failing to do so in any of their opening seven contests. Given the fact that Orlando has had such problems scoring, you have to wonder what it would take for them to get things going. San Antonio has been decent offensively but has had their struggles defensively. The Spurs have given up at least 110 points in seven of their last 10 games. Can San Antonio get it together against a sputtering Orlando offense or will the Magic crack the Spurs' soft defensive shell?

The under is 4-1 in the Spurs' last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing straight up record. Orlando has seen the under go 4-1-1 in their last six after an ATS win, 7-2-1 in their last 10 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game and 6-2-1 in their last 9 home games. Look for this one to be a defensive battle that falls short of the total when all is said and done.

Prediction: Under 212.5
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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.