Storyline: A well-rested Magic team looks to get back to their competitive ways away falling flat against the short-handed Indiana Pacers and suffering a 25-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Chicago Bulls have been a national punchline after firing former head coach Fred Hoiberg, followed by a 56-point loss to the aforementioned Pacers. After newly appointed head coach Jim Boylen threatened to run a grueling practice the morning of the second night of a back-to-back, the players led a ‘moo-tiny’ and refused to practice. The Bulls will look to quiet the circulating gossip by getting into the win column tonight.
Who: Orlando Magic (12-15) at Chicago Bulls (6-22)
When: 9:30 p.m. Eastern
Where: Mexico City Arena - Mexico City
TV: Fox Sports Florida, NBA League Pass
Line: Magic -5.5, Over/Under 208
Key injuries: Orlando - Jonathon Simmons (questionable, ankle), Evan Fournier (probable, personal)
Chicago - None. Kris Dunn and Bobby Portis returned to action on Monday. They will come off the bench with a 20-25 minutes restriction.
The altitude has been a factor in the Magic's workouts here, players said. Evan Fournier said the altitude here is tougher to deal with than Denver's altitude.— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) December 13, 2018
Many of the players in tonight’s game will be playing competitive basketball in Mexico for the first time. It will be interesting to see if the elements will have any effect, if all on the play.
|Pace: 100.1 (10th)||Pace: 97.8 (26th)|
|ORtg: 100.6 (30th)||ORtg: 106.5 (27th)|
|DRtg: 111.6 (21st)||DRtg: 110.0 (15th)|
|PG - Ryan Arcidiacono||PG - D.J. Augustin|
|PG - Zach LaVine||SG - Evan Fournier|
|SF - Justin Holiday||F - Jonathan Isaac|
|F - Lauri Markkanen||PF - Aaron Gordon|
|C - Wendell Carter Jr.||C - Nikola Vucevic|
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