Orlando Magic at Golden State Warriors (Jan. 18, 2020): How to Watch, Odds and Prediction

Orlando Magic show moments of brilliance but too often moments of struggle. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
Orlando Magic show moments of brilliance but too often moments of struggle. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Orlando Magic got their split in Los Angeles. Now they head north to face the Golden State Warriors and look to leave the West Coast with a winning record on this trip.

Orlando Magic (20-22) vs. Golden State Warriors (9-34)


8:30 p.m./FOX Sports Florida




$51-$856 on StubHub

2020 Season Series:

Magic 100, Warriors 96

in Orlando on Dec. 1; Tonight in San Francisco

PaceOff. Rtg.Def. Rtg.eFG%O.Reb.%TO%FTR
Golden State101.0103.0111.648.526.714.726.7

OMD Prediction

The Orlando Magic certainly are happy to be free from Los Angeles and the pressure cooker of having to face two of the top teams in the Western Conference. The Magic got their split with a spirited performance Wednesday. Now comes the real challenge of this road trip — finishing it against two teams outside the playoff picture. This is as much of a test as those last two games. Orlando is playing a lot better. The team, despite the noticeable absences, is playing a lot better. Despite the Warriors’ poor offense this season, they can put up a lot of points if a team is not focused. Orlando is not exactly an offensive juggernaut either, especially playing with just one point guard. If the Magic lock in on defense, they should have enough to win.

38. 102. 41. Prediction. 110

1) The Orlando Magic have been dealt a difficult hand as D.J. Augustin will be out indefinitely, leaving the team with one healthy point guard, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

2) The injuries have stretched the Orlando Magic’s depth thin and put the team in a precarious position.

3) The pressure is on Markelle Fultz and the rest of the Orlando Magic to step up and keep the offense organized without D.J. Augustin, Josh Robbins of The Athletic writes.

4) Aaron Gordon took flight this week, helping deliver the Orlando Magic a big win over the Los Angeles Lakers, Jean Racine writes. His season is still a mystery as this week has given a brief respite of what he can be at his best, Zach Lowe of ESPN writes.

5) Markelle Fultz showed incredible maturity in bouncing back from last week’s error against the Phoenix Suns and stepping up big this week, Jean Racine writes.

6) Markelle Fultz’s comeback has gone off without a hitch and he is finally realizing his potential, Paolo Uggetti of The Ringer writes.

7) The Orlando Magic’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers should be a big confidence booster for the team, Spencer Henderson writes.

8) The Golden State Warriors showed their fun potential in a loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, Brady Klopfer of Golden State of Mind writes.

9) The Golden State Warriors should not be in any rush to trade D’Angelo Russell before the trade deadline, Tony Pesta of Blue Man Hoops writes.

10) Keeping Alec Burks past the trade deadline could pay dividends for the Golden State Warriors, Nathan Beighle of Blue Man Hoop writes.

11) Aaron Gordon remains at the top of the list for trade targets in the Southeast Division, Drew Maresca of Basketball Insiders writes.

12) The Golden State Warriors are on their first 10-game losing streak since 2002.

13) We named our all-2010s team for the Orlando Magic in a decade that is largely one fans want to forget.

14) Charles Barkley reserved plenty of trash talk for Draymond Green as the Golden State Warriors continue to struggle, Eric Ting of The San Francisco Chronicle writes.