Magic Weekly Preview (Week 2)



MAGIC AT BULLS


Game Time Info:
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 6
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: United Center (Chicago, IL)
Television: FS Florida

Last Season’s Results: The Magic won the only meeting in Chicago, while the Bulls notched victories in both clashes at Amway Center.

Jan. 6: Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng combined for 62 points as the Bulls cruised past the Magic.

March 8: The Magic’s starters were masterful and the bench provided enough support to lift Orlando to a win in the Windy City.

March 19: The Magic couldn’t solve the Bulls’ stifling defense as Chicago marched to a win in Orlando.

Key Matchup: Glen Davis vs. Carlos Boozer

Big Baby’s outstanding play is one of many reasons why the Magic have jumped out to a 2-0 start this season. After a monster 29-point, 10-rebound performance against the Nuggets, Davis dominated again vs. the Suns with 22 points and eight rebounds.

If he matches or surpasses these performances against Boozer, we will know for sure that Davis has joined the class of elite at the power forward position. Boozer has always played well against the Magic. In their final meeting last season, Boozer poured in 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

It will be very physical when these two square off and it’s possible that whomever has a better game will determine which team wins the game.

Instant Analysis: It’s always tough to win on the road in the NBA, especially in Chicago where the Bulls have been outstanding the last two seasons. Despite the injury to Derrick Rose and some key subtractions from the team that posted the best record in the league last year, the Bulls remain one of the premier defensive squads.

If the Magic can steal a win in the first of a back-to-back, Orlando’s confidence will skyrocket. Recently, a depleted Hornets team without Anthony Davis or Eric Gordon walked into the United Center and edged out the Bulls. It’s definitely attainable for the Magic to do the same.

Other Notables: Matt Lloyd, the Magic’s Assistant General Manager, previously worked for 13 years with the Bulls, the last five as the team’s director of college scouting.


 

MAGIC AT TIMBERWOLVES



Game Time Info:
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Target Center (Minneapolis, MN)
Television: FS Florida

Last Season’s Results: In the only meeting of the season, the Magic crushed the Wolves.

Feb. 13: Every starter scored in double figures and J.J. Redick recorded 14 points off the bench as the Magic thrashed the Timberwolves.

Key Matchup: Arron Afflalo vs. Brandon Roy

While this isn’t the same Roy as the one that starred in Portland for several years, it’s still a formidable one and his matchup with Afflalo should be engaging to watch.

Afflalo enjoyed a dazzling performance in Sunday’s win over the Suns with 22 points and showed glimpses of why he was one of the key pieces in this past summer’s Dwight Howard trade.

While Roy hopes to return to a promising level of stability after a knee injury nearly ended his career, Afflalo is trying to reach the status that Roy once possessed during his All-Star days.

Instant Analysis: Considering Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio are absent, this is a golden opportunity for the Magic to notch a road victory. Some believed Minnesota could be a playoff contender this season, but without its two main stars, it doesn’t have the same firepower.

If the Magic continue to play unselfishly, they could easily storm into the Twin Cities and leave with a win.

Other Notables: The Magic have won seven straight meetings against the Timberwolves and nine of the last 11.

 

MAGIC VS. NETS


Game Time Info:
Date: Friday, Nov. 9
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Amway Center (Orlando, FL)
Television: FS Florida

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Game Time Info:
Date: Sunday, Nov. 11
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)
Television: FS Florida

Last Season’s Results: The Magic swept their three-game series with the then New Jersey Nets.

Dec. 29, 2011: Five players scored in double figures as Orlando breezed past New Jersey for a 94-78 home triumph.

Feb. 22, 2012: The Magic again used a balanced scoring attack to steamroll the Nets for a 108-91 road win.

March 16, 2012: Orlando led by double figures throughout the last three quarters as it defeated New Jersey for the 10th straight time.

Key Matchup: Joe Johnson vs. Arron Afflalo

The Orlando Magic hope one of their prized offseason acquisitions can slow down one of the Nets key offseason additions in a battle of two of the league’s better shooting guards.

Johnson did his share of damage in Brooklyn’s debut, firing off 14 points, while notching a game-high plus-minus of +13.

Afflalo gave the Magic a lift on Sunday, erupting for 22 points in Orlando’s win over Phoenix.

Instant Analysis: The Magic will get extremely familiar with the Nets as Orlando plays back-to-back games against Brooklyn.

After hosting the Nets on Friday, the Magic will travel to Brooklyn for the first time.

The Nets notched a sell-out in their home opener, despite many in the area still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

"Let's just start with the fact that we're in Brooklyn now and it's a big difference," Johnson said. "You saw the crowd (in the opener), even under the circumstances. Not only did we have a sellout, they were into the game.”

Other Notables: The Magic have won 10 straight games against the Nets.