The Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks are scheduled to tip off at the Fiserv Forum on Tuesday night in Milwaukee. The Bucks are looking to get back on track after suffering a 146-125 loss against the San Antonio Spurs. This is the second straight game where the Bucks didn’t look too hot. Despite beating the Houston Rockets, 141-133, the Rockets made that game interesting in the first half.
The Bucks’ defense allowed the Rockets to hang around and make a game of it. Milwaukee was not in danger of losing, but against a severely depleted Rockets team, they should have blown the doors off their opponent. The Rockets were working with what amounted to a G league roster, but the Bucks didn’t look interested. Their lack of interest must have carried over against the Spurs. This time the Bucks paid for their sloppy play with a 146-125 loss.
The Bucks are going nowhere fast in the playoffs if their defense doesn’t flip a switch. Even before those two games, the Bucks needed 135 points to get past the Washington Wizards in a 135-134 win. In any case, they are still winners in five of their last six games, and head into tonight with a record of 43-25. They just can’t have the same effort defensively in the playoffs like we saw against the Rockets and Spurs.
Orlando goes into Milwaukee with a record of 21-47 for 13th in the Eastern Conference. They would be better off to tank the rest of their schedule to allow the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Oklahoma City Thunder to pass them in the standings. All four teams currently have 21 wins and need to lose to up their odds in the draft lottery. The Magic are coming off a 122-112 loss against the Charlotte Hornets, and most recently on Sunday against the Timberwolves, 128-96.
That was a nice effort by the Magic for their tank quest against the Timberwolves. It was one of the best losses you are going to see in the NBA this season. They’re losers in three straight, which also includes a 132-96 loss against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. Their injury list is long, with seven players OUT and Wendell Carter Jr. listed as questionable after missing the Timberwolves game. Head below for our free Magic vs. Bucks pick on May 11, 2021.
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Magic vs. Bucks Prediction:
Which Magic squad is going to show up to play tonight? If they have no interest in showing up and tank, then the Bucks are going to be able to name the score on Tuesday night. The Bucks are coming off a really ugly performance against the Spurs, and I’m confident that they are going to be more focused and prepared tonight. Their defense has been out of sync for a few games now, and the Magic pose a perfect spot to bounce back defensively against.
The Magic are banged up and didn’t have a solid offense to begin with after they traded Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic. Even before they were sent out of town, the Magic offense wasn’t clicking, so it’s been a tough season throughout from the get-go. The Magic are 29th in the NBA with an average of 104.1 points scored per game.
They are shooting 43% from the field for 30th, and just 34.3% from deep for 27th in the league. In their last five games, the Magic have netted just 107 points per game, while conceding 121 points a game defensively. If the Bucks show up and play defense like they did against the Rockets and Spurs, then yeah, the Magic will score regardless. However, I’m confident in the Bucks really emphasizing and attacking on defense tonight after allowing 146 points.
If that’s the case, the Magic are not going to be able to keep up tonight. The Bucks’ offensive weapons are just too good for that to happen. Milwaukee leads the NBA with an average of 120 points per game. It’s really tough to bother this team, which can win from the outside or inside. Giannis can bully himself around the paint, while the Bucks can shoot from three as well.
They’re second in the league with a three point percentage of 39.2%. The Bucks have netted 128.4 points per in their previous five outings. If the Bucks took care of the Spurs, I’d be reluctant to lay the points here. However, I think we’re going to see a focused performance in this one. And if the Bucks want to blow the Magic out, they are fully capable of doing that on Tuesday night. I like the Bucks in a 127-110 game to win and cover.