Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks (Feb. 8, 2020): How to Watch, Odds and Prediction

Khem Birch has filled in for Nikola Vucevic as best he could, but the Orlando Magic clearly miss Vucevic's consistency and attention to detail. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Khem Birch has filled in for Nikola Vucevic as best he could, but the Orlando Magic clearly miss Vucevic's consistency and attention to detail. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

The Orlando Magic return home for their final three games before the All-Star Break. It starts with a daunting test against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Milwaukee Bucks (44-7) vs. Orlando Magic (22-30)


5 p.m./FOX Sports Florida




$30-$860 on StubHub

2020 Season Series:

Bucks 123, Magic 91

in Orlando on Nov. 1;

Bucks 110, Magic 101

in Milwaukee on Dec. 9;

Bucks 111, Magic 100

in Milwaukee on Dec. 28; Tonight in Orlando

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OMD Prediction

The Orlando Magic do not match up well with the Milwaukee Bucks. In three games, the Bucks have done a good job spreading the Magic out and hitting shots. The deficits might have been relatively close but the games were not close at all. And this was with Jonathan Isaac able to defend Giannis Antetokounmpo. A win is not impossible here, but Orlando would have to be pretty near perfect. And the Bucks would have to have an off night. This is a big ask with the record pace the Bucks are on.

89. 97. 38. Prediction. 115

1) The NBA fined Steve Clifford $25,000 for publicly criticizing officials after Thursday’s game. At least the NBA vindicated him in the Last Two Minute report, saying the officials missed him calling for timeout and acknowledging Elfrid Payton fouled Evan Fournier on the final play, which would have sent him to the line with a chance to tie.

2) The Orlando Magic have to make the most of the team remaining with what is left of the season with some big decisions looming in the offseason and the trade deadline already passed.

3) Markelle Fultz is appreciative of the support the Orlando Magic gave him as he reflected on a year since his trade from the Philadelphia 76ers, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel writes. It has been a welcomed and exciting year for Fultz as he has reclaimed his career, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes.

4) One year later, the Orlando Magic look like they made a steal in getting Markelle Fultz from the Philadelphia 76ers, Zach Harper of The Athletic writes.

5) Markelle Fultz checked off another box in his comeback, reaching the 82-game mark for his career.

6) Despite the Orlando Magic’s recent struggles, they have a favorable schedule and control of their playoff destiny, Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com writs.

7) The Orlando Magic’s inactivity at the trade deadline has them near the dreaded treadmill of mediocrity, Garrett Townsend of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes.

8) The conditions for the major move the Orlando Magic probably need to make did not present themselves at the trade deadline this year.

9) David Aldridge of The Athletic notes the Orlando Magic did not need to rush to make a move at the trade deadline with the playoffs well within sight.

10) Steve Clifford and the Orlando Magic are eager to welcome James Ennis onto the team, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes.

11) Acquiring James Ennis was a low-cost move to try to improve the Orlando Magic’s forward depth, Josh Robbins of The Athletic writes.

12) Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com breaks down James Ennis’ strengths.

13) The conditions may not have been ripe at the trade deadline, but they are forming to make the move to deal Nikola Vucevic soon, Spencer Henderson writes.

14) The Orlando Magic made their lone national TV appearance of the season this week and their lack of star power was abundantly clear.

15) Giannis Antetokounmpo is thrilled the Milwaukee Bucks remained intact so they could continue their historic run, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes.

16) The Milwaukee Bucks will reportedly add Marvin Williams once he accepts a buyout from the Charlotte Hornets.

17) Khris Middleton had a fantastic January, and he is not cooling down in February, Dalton Sell of Behind the Buck Pass writes.

18) Aaron Gordon is seeking redemption and a place in history as he returns to the Slam Dunk Contest.

19) The Orlando Magic have to choose to push their youth more to the front with what is left in the season, Omar Cabrera writes.

20) Even with the trade deadline passed, a look at the Orlando Magic’s assets as they stand now and how the Magic should value them.