- Oracle Arena, Oakland
- November 27, 2018
The Golden State Warriors will end on Tuesday morning a four-game homestand with the visit of the Orlando Magic. Both teams are inside the playoffs spots, the Warriors are 14-7, while Orlando is 10-10.
The Warriors have won back to back games for the first time in 10 games, so they will look to continue the winning streak, as a five-game road trip will start this week against the Raptors. The good news is that Stephen Curry is expected to make his return on the court during this trip. With Curry out, the things went from bad to worse, once because the Warriors lost four games in a row and managed to win only four games out of the ten played. More than this, the team was affected by the Green-Durant conflict, and head coach Steve Kerr is finding himself in a difficult situation to manage. In Curry’s absence, Kevin Durant leads the team in points per game, with 28.2 and rebounds, 7.8 per game, while Draymond Green is the team’s leader in assists, averaging 7.2 per game. Green also leads the team in steals, 1.8 per game.
On the other hand, the Magic are finally leaning toward the latter, being ranked inside the playoff spots, after some disappointing seasons. Orlando will play back to back games, after the strong win in LA against the Lakers, and this will be the third stop of a six-game road trip. Orlando held the Lakers scoreless for the final 2 minutes, winning the game 108-104. After 20 games played, the Magic are ranked 7th in the Eastern Conference, with ten wins and ten losses. The team is led by the veteran big man, Nikola Vucevic, who is leading in points and rebounds, 19.9 and 11.1 per game. Aaron Gordon is the second scorer, with 16.9 points per game, followed by Fournier, with 16.1 points per game and 1.3 steals per game.
Warriors Team News
DeMarcus Cousins (left Achilles) and Stephen Curry (left groin) are out. Draymond Green (right toe) and Alfonzo McKinnie (left foot) are doubtful.
Orlando Team News
The only absence for the Magic is Mozgov (right knee).
The Magic just stunned the Lakers, after a strong performance made by Vucevic, with 31 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. More than that, all players but Martin managed to mark their presence o the court with at least a steal or a rebound. On the other hand, the Warriors are facing a range of issues, starting with injuries and ending with internal tensions. All bets against the team should hide some value.
Magic +7.5 points @ 1.98 (Pinnacle Sports)
Magic to win @ 3.85 (EfBet)