5 reasons the Orlando Magic will surprise in 2019

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Low expectations

It is no secret, the Orlando Magic have been an afterthought of late. When the Magic come to town, the best teams pencil in a victory and the worst teams think, “Hey, maybe we have a chance.”

Like they did last season, Orlando can jump on a few teams early. As long as injuries do not decimate the roster as it did in 2018, it could be an extended streak of winning. While it may not carry over throughout the entire year, it could give the team some breathing room.

As teams sleep on the Magic early, their young players will be trying to make a point.

Orlando has a roster loaded with talent trying to prove they belong. There is a good chance they can outwork teams who are slowly coming out of the gate. Remember, they beat a handful of veteran teams like the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers early.

Although both teams proved to be far superior to the Magic in the long run, older players were still working their way into shape.

A hot start early could be the enough to create an unexpected 2018 season. Not many pundits will predict the Magic going to the postseason, but even a significant jump in wins would be enough to create a different attitude towards the Magic.

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This is a team that could surprise if the right things break their way.