Orlando Magic at Miami Heat (Jan. 27, 2020): How to Watch, Odds and Prediction

The Orlando Magic forced Jimmy Butler into six turnovers and dictated the tempo defensively for a big win. (Photo by Harry Aaron/Getty Images)
The Orlando Magic forced Jimmy Butler into six turnovers and dictated the tempo defensively for a big win. (Photo by Harry Aaron/Getty Images) /

The Orlando Magic finish their brutal January with a back-to-back against their rivals, the Miami Heat. The team hopes to end a three-game losing streak.

Orlando Magic (21-26) vs. Miami Heat (31-14)


7:30 p.m./FOX Sports Florida




$11-$437 on StubHub

2020 Season Series:

Magic 105, Heat 85

in Orlando on Jan. 3; Tonight in Miami; Feb. 1 in Orlando; March 4 in Miami

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OMD Prediction

The Orlando Magic’s long January will come to an end Monday against the Miami Heat. To be sure, the Magic are looking forward to this extended break to recover physically as much as mentally (and emotionally). This is still a game and it still counts. And the Magic are in a bad way while the Heat are seeming going on a revenge tour to prep for their expected All-Star announcements Thursday. Miami is coming off a game where the team blew a lead against the LA Clippers. Their defense can be beaten. Especially with Jimmy Butler questionable for the game. But this Magic team is struggling to do that right now. Orlando will have to make shots to keep pace in this one.

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1) Kobe Bryant’s greatness cast a shadow over the Orlando Magic in 2009 and the entire league at large. Everyone is trying to measure up to his greatness and his will.

2) Kobe Bryant’s death left Doc Rivers, Steve Clifford and the entire NBA world shocked as they tried to push through a game Sunday, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

3) Kobe Bryant was a growing mentor for several young NBA players, including Aaron Gordon and Markelle Fultz. Josh Robbins of the Athletic asks them what Bryant meant to them and the league.

4) Dwyane Wade helped fill a hole Kobe Bryant left, now there is just a void as the all-time great’s friend is suddenly gone, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes. Wade called Bryant’s death a nightmare, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald writes.

5) On an emotional day, the Orlando Magic fell to the LA Clippers at home, extending their losing streak to three games. The game came down to the Magic’s inability to hit shots. The Magic could not maintain another lead as the starters let the team down.

6) The Orlando Magic are likely at the low point of their season if they can take control of things starting in February (or tonight).

7) The Orlando Magic are coming out of a difficult stretch in January. They still have big questions to answer in the next 20 games, including at the trade deadline.

8) The Miami Heat are dealing with their own spate of injuries as Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo try to make their case in joining the All-Star team.

9) Nikola Vucevic is still filling up a box score, but that is not enough for the All-Star center.

10) Dion Waiters took responsibility for his suspensions that took away half of his season, Khobi Price of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes.

11) Markelle Fultz is not Anfernee Hardaway, but their rookie years are at least partially comparable, Omar Cabrera writes.

12) Duncan Robinson is quietly having a historic season for the Miami Heat, Leonard Kreicas of Hot Hot Hoops writes.