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NBA : First Half Matchup
Sunday 8/9/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



ORLANDO (32 - 38) vs. BOSTON (46 - 23)
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Sunday, 8/9/2020 5:00 PM
The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports - Lake Buena Vista, FL
Board First Half
ORLANDO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games32-38-11.833-3337-32106.953.544.4%52.8107.854.446.4%52.5
Road Games16-23-4.822-1524-14108.554.144.9%51.3109.855.447.5%52.4
Last 5 Games2-3-12-33-2113.856.646.9%52.4114.257.448.3%50.0
ORLANDO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)106.953.539-8944.4%11-3234.1%17-2277.2%531024188126
vs opponents surrendering111.856.241-8945.8%12-3435.7%18-2377.3%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)108.554.140-8844.9%11-3235.1%18-2378.1%511024188125
Stats Against (All Games)107.854.440-8746.4%12-3336.7%15-2077.0%53925197145
vs opponents averaging11256.341-8946.1%12-3435.8%18-2377.4%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)109.855.441-8647.5%12-3336.5%16-2077.7%52925207144

BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games46-23+6.539-2635-33113.855.046.1%54.2107.352.544.3%52.7
Road Games23-14+522-1119-18112.253.845.7%54.2107.352.444.0%53.2
Last 5 Games3-2+0.32-14-1123.459.848.7%54.0114.052.846.2%48.4
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.855.041-8946.1%13-3436.6%19-2380.0%541123228136
vs opponents surrendering111.65641-8946.0%12-3435.7%18-2377.1%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)112.253.841-8945.7%12-3536.0%18-2379.1%541122228145
Stats Against (All Games)107.352.538-8744.3%12-3534.1%19-2476.5%531022217156
vs opponents averaging111.25641-8945.9%12-3435.7%18-2376.9%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)107.352.438-8744.0%12-3434.4%19-2577.4%531122208146
Average power rating of opponents played: ORLANDO 95.9,  BOSTON 95.7
ORLANDO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/13/2020*NEW ORLEANS              

BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
ORLANDO: LAST SEASON: 42-40, lost 4-1 in first round to Toronto
COACH: Steve Clifford (second season with Magic; seventh season overall, 238-254).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Evan Fournier (15.1 ppg), G D.J. Augustin (11.7), F Aaron Gordon (16.0), F Jonathan Isaac (9.6), C Nikola Vucevic (20.8).
KEY ADDITIONS: F Al-Farouq Aminu, G Markelle Fultz (acquired in February from Philadelphia but didn't play).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: There isn't a lot of mystery to the Magic entering this season, since they bring back basically the same team and will be adding a former No. 1 overall pick in Fultz who has worked for months to fix his shoulder and shooting issues. Vucevic is coming off a season where he set career-bests in points, rebounds and assists per game. When Gordon scored big, the Magic were really good; they went 16-8 in the 24 games where Gordon reached the 20-point mark. Terrence Ross is basically a sixth starter for Orlando, needing only 26.5 minutes per game to average 15.1 points last season in an instant-offense role coming off the bench.
OUTLOOK: The Magic improved by 17 wins last season and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2012, doing all that without the burden of expectation. They won't have that same luxury this year, not after bringing back virtually every part of a team that didn't just get into the playoffs but did so by going 22-9 down the stretch of the regular season. Getting to the foul line more would be a major help, after the Magic ranked last in free throws made and free throws attempted last season. The biggest challenge for Clifford may be finding ways for his team to replicate the same get-into-the-playoffs hunger it had a year ago.
COACH: Brad Stevens (seventh season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kemba Walker (25.6 ppg), G Gordon Hayward (11.5), F Jaylen Brown. (13.0), F Jayson Tatum (15.7), C Enes Kanter (13.7)
KEY LOSSES: G Kyrie Irving, F/C Al Horford, F Marcus Morris, G Terry Rozier.
KEY ADDITIONS: Walker, Kanter, G Romeo Langford, F Grant Williams, G Carsen Edwards.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: It starts with Walker, who jumped at the chance in free agency to join a perennial playoff team. Following Kyrie Irving's departure to Brooklyn, it will also give Walker the opportunity to do what Irving couldn't: lead the Celtics to an NBA Finals. He'll need help, though. And that will again put the spotlight on youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Both took small steps backward last season as infighting and chemistry issues plagued the team. Now, both will have key roles, much like they did two seasons ago when Irving missed the playoffs and they helped get the team to the Eastern Conference finals. It's an especially big year for Brown. The Celtics have until Oct. 21 to decide whether to extend his contract for another season or let him become a restricted free agent next summer.
OUTLOOK: The Celtics are going to have to tweak their style of play a little without Irving or Horford. Irving was their chief scorer and Horford played a huge role facilitating offense in the half court as well as on defense. Kanter is a big man that can run, which should fit in nicely with the up-tempo style this athletic roster is built for. Whether this team is ultimately able to be a threat to win the East will depend on how well Walker leads and if the starting unit gets enough support from its youthful group of reserves.
Celtics shoot for season sweep of Magic

The Boston Celtics still are entertaining an outside shot at the second seed in the Eastern Conference while the Orlando Magic have plenty of incentive in their bid for the seventh seed.

The Celtics (46-23) will attempt to win their third consecutive contest overall on Sunday when they vie for a three-game season sweep of the Magic (32-38) near Orlando.

Boston moved within 3 1/2 games of second-place Toronto after posting a 122-100 victory over the reigning NBA champion on Friday.

Jaylen Brown scored 20 points and Jayson Tatum added 18 as the Celtics recorded a wire-to-wire win versus the Raptors, who have four games remaining on their slate.

"This game will mean nothing if we get that opportunity again," Boston coach Brad Stevens said after a contest in which his club led by as many as 40 points. "They're a really good team. I thought they missed a lot of open looks and it just wasn't their night. Our guys played well, but it won't mean anything in a couple weeks."

As for the here and now, the Celtics were pleased with their defensive performance after allowing 117.5 points per contest in their previous four games since the NBA's restart.

"I saw something, we were like the last team or one of the last teams in defense in the bubble, and that's just kind of unacceptable for us with the elite defenders we have on this team and just collectively, our identity, who we want to be," Tatum said.

Tatum also does just fine at the offensive end, with the 22-year-old averaging a team-best 23.3 points per game this season. Tatum sat out Boston's 109-98 victory over Orlando with a groin injury on Jan. 24 before erupting for 33 points in the Celtics' 116-100 win over the Magic on Feb. 5.

Speaking of Orlando, it resides 1 1/2 games behind seventh-place Brooklyn (33-36) in the race to avoid facing top-seeded Milwaukee in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Magic suffered a 108-101 setback to Philadelphia on Friday for their third loss in a row. However they punched their postseason ticket an hour later after New Orleans handed Washington a 118-107 defeat.

"It's still doable, so we're going to fight for it while we can," Nikola Vucevic said of trying to secure the seventh seed. "... We would like to get a 7. I think we're a game-and-a-half behind Brooklyn (and) there's three games left, so it's not going to be easy but we're gonna fight until the end which we've done all year long. Hopefully we get there, but if not then we'll have to get ready for Milwaukee."

Vucevic, who averages team-best totals in points (19.6) and rebounds (10.9) upped the ante on Friday with 21 and 12, respectively. He averaged 14.5 points and 11 boards in the two meetings with Boston this season.

The availability of Aaron Gordon is in question, however, after the 24-year-old exited Wednesday's 109-99 setback to Toronto with tightness in his hamstring. He sat out Friday's game as a result.

"It would be a huge hit for us," Magic coach Steve Clifford said of an extended absence for Gordon, who is averaging 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Gordon scored 23 points in the February meeting at Boston.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 10/28/2020 11:04:01 PM EST

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