Denver Nuggets at Orlando Magic – NBA March 23

Nuggets (25-17, 13-8) at Magic (14-28, 9-13)

  • Time: 4PM PST – 6PM CST – 7PM EST
  • Place: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
  • TV: Altitude Network | Fox Sports Florida | NBA League Pass

Opening Tip

The Nuggets are on a roll right now in winning nine of their last ten and ten of their last 12 after going 4-1 at home in finishing a five-game home stand.

The Magic has lost 10 out of 11 and are free-falling toward the Detroit Pistons at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

The Nuggets have won the last eight games between in the series and 15 of the last 17 since the 2003-04 series. Denver has won the last five in Amway Center.

Denver’s matchup with Orlando this evening is the first of three on the road as the Nuggets have stops in Tampa to play the Raptors on Wednesday and in New Orleans on Friday. Orlando hosts Phoenix and Portland on the same days before embarking on a five-game western road trip.

Key Injuries

  • Denver NuggetsGary Harris (abductor) – day to day; Monte Morris (quad) – out
  • Orlando MagicCole Anthony (rib) – out; Mo Bamba (toe) – day to day; Marketlle Fultz (knee) and Jonathan Isaac (knee) – out for the season, Chiasson Randle (groin), Terrence Ross (knee) – day to day

Nuggets:

  • The Nuggets are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games
  • Denver is 6-0-2 in It’s last 8 games vs. Orlando
  • The Nuggets are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when play on the road at the Magic

Magic:

  • The Magic is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in Orlando’s last 5 games
  • The OVER has been the play in 10 of the last 15 games between the Magic and Nuggets

Last Time Out

Denver’s three-game winning streak ended on Sunday with a 113-108 loss at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans. Nikola Jokic posted a triple-double as he scored 29 points and added 10 rebounds and 10 assists and Jamal Murray netted 23 points and seven dimes.

The Magic dropped a 112-96 decision in Boston as Nikola Vučevic scored 22 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Orlando shot just 38.4 percent from the floor while the Celtics connected on 23-of-54 three-point shots.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Nuggets -7.5 (-108) -300 O 216.5 (-110)
Magic +7.5 (-112) +250 U 216.5 (-110)

Advantage, Denver

Denver Nuggets LogoThe Nuggets’ offense is one of the most efficient in the NBA which starts with big man Nikola Jokic (27.1 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 8.6 apg) and how he not only scores but facilitates as he is still the best passing big man in the NBA. Jamal Murray (21.1 ppg, 4.8 apg) is big time on the perimeter as he makes 41.1 percent of his three-point shots while Jokic leads with a 42.5 percentage from behind the arc.

The duo had 34 points each in last week’s 131-127 win over the Bulls. It was the first time a pair of Nuggets had 34 points in a game since the 2007-08 season when Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony accomplished the feat. The Magic is easy to find threes against as opponents make around 14 of 38 on average, per game (25th/NBA).

Key Nuggets Stat

Michael Porter, Jr. (15.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg) continues to be a rising star for the Nuggets as he has averaged 19.2 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.7 three-pointers over his last 12 games. Porter has also shot 58.8 percent from the floor and 47.8 percent from three over that period. A healthy Will Barton (12.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg) is another added advantage for the offense as he has scored 14 or more points in the last 10 games and is over 20 points in four of the last six.

X-Factor

Denver has won five in a row on the road which is the second-longest road winning streak in Nuggets’ history as they have won six twice. Denver boasts a 55.6 percent winning percentage away from Ball Arena and is nine wins away from tying the all-time record for road wins which is 22 in 2006-07.

Advantage, Orlando

Orlando Magic LogoThe Magic will have to find a way to score as the defense is not likely to hold up for long periods against the Nuggets’ high-powered offense. Strangely, the two-point percentage is last in the NBA at 47.5 percent despite the prowess of Vučević (24.6 ppg, 11.8 rpg) who is almost always the subject of trade rumors. His effective field goal percentage is 54.7 percent while Evan Fournier (19.1 ppg, 3.6 apg) is at 52.4 percent in the same statistic.

Key Magic Stat:

The boards are huge for Orlando amid it’s offensive struggles as the Magic averages 10.2 offensive rebounds per night (16th/NBA) and accrues 12.7 points off rebounds. Also, they only allow 11.3 second chance points which is best in the league..

X-Factor:

Aaron Gordon (gives the Magic its Big Three attack with Vučević and Fournier. If he heats up, this team can stay with anyone given the consistency that these three bring. His 38-points and seven threes vs. in the win over Brooklyn – the lone win in the 10 losses in 11 games – was only the fourth time in Magic history that a player tallied those two numbers.

Winner: Nuggets 119, Magic (+7.5) 113

The Bets
Orlando Magic +7.5
-112
Denver Nuggets
-300
OVER 216.5
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

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