As the Orlando Magic approach the midseason mark, they continue their exploration of self-discovery.
Are they the team that defeated the Raptors, Lakers, 76ers, Spurs and Celtics, or the team that was soundly beaten by the Hornets, Heat, Spurs, Pacers, Nuggets and these same Clippers?
The Magic’s previous matchup with the Wolves encapsulated that notion perfectly as the Magic raced out to a 19-point first half lead only to suffer a 66-26 counterpunch while the offense practiced its season long ineptitude.
Righting the ship and getting back on track comes against a ghastly foe who has beaten the Magic in ten consecutive tries, dating back five seasons.
Can the Magic bounce back against their bully from the West?
Who: Orlando Magic (17-21) at Los Angeles Clippers (22-16)
When: Sunday, January 6th, 3:30 PM EST
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: Fox Sports Florida, NBA League Pass
Line: Clippers -6.5, Over/Under 220.5
Injuries: Los Angeles: Luc Mbah a Moute (out, knee); Orlando - Jonathon Simmons (probable, ankle), Timofey Mozgov (out)
|Pace: 100.9 (9th)||Pace: 97.0 (26th)|
|ORtg: 113.6 (6th)||ORtg: 106.2 (27th)|
|DRtg: 112.4 (23rd)||DRtg: 109.9 (14th)|
|PG - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander||PG - D.J. Augustin|
|SG - Avery Bradley||SG - Evan Fournier|
|SF - Danilo Gallinari||F - Jonathan Isaac|
|F - Tobias Harris||PF - Aaron Gordon|
|C - Marcin Gortat||C - Nikola Vucevic|
Check out our preview of tonight’s Magic/Clippers game here.
For perspective from the other side, check out the work our friends over at Clips Nation are doing.
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