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 SkidSan 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.
THIS. CONNECTION. 😯 pic.twitter.com/eEkMJNoWGG— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) November 14, 2019
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 WinsOrlando 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.
Best plays from the W! pic.twitter.com/YVFXnm9ddr— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) November 14, 2019
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.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Spurs are 38-17-1 ATS in their last 56 Friday games
- Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win
- Magic are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win