The Orlando Magic finish their last long road trip of the season looking to finish with a winning record and defeat one of the up-and-coming teams in the league.
Orlando Magic (29-35) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (32-32)
Time/TV: 8 p.m./FOX Sports Florida
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2020 Season Series: Magic 118, Grizzlies 86 in Orlando on Nov. 8; Tonight in Memphis
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It has been a long time since the Orlando Magic saw the Memphis Grizzlies. That was probably the worst game in young Ja Morant’s career to this point and Jonathan Isaac made the interior a nightmare for the Grizzlies. They have obviously recovered and found their boost to be at .500 and surprisingly in playoff position. This is a dynamic offensive team that can play both fast behind Ja Morant and slow behind Jonas Valanciunas. They play really well together and keep the ball moving with depth that can score. The Grizzlies might still have a few duds here or there as young teams do, but they are competitive and play with good energy almost every night. The Magic will have to do well to keep Memphis out of the paint. Something the team has struggled with even as its defense has looked better in the last two outings.
1) The Orlando Magic appeared to put a lot of pieces together in a win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday. It was long overdue to see this kind of play.
2) Mike Cali of Orlando Pinstriped Post looks at what has changed for the Orlando Magic’s offense, one of the best in the league since the All-Star Break.
3) A faster pace and fewer turnovers are the big contributors to the Orlando Magic’s offensive revival, Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com writes.
4) Nikola Vucevic stuck up for teammate D.J. Augustin after fans got after him on social media, Chris Hayes of the Orlando Sentinel writes. Augustin has put together back-to-back strong games to silence some of those doubts. The season has had its difficulties, but Augustin is finding himself in the middle of the Magic’s recent revival, Josh Robbins of The Athletic writes.
5) D.J. Augustin is the most universally respected player in the Orlando Magic’s locker room, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes.
6) Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justise Winslow remain out for the Memphis Grizzlies, but both should return within a week, Evan Barnes of the Memphis Commercial Appeal writes.
7) Jonas Valanciunas says effort is the key to rebounding, but Valanciunas does plenty to find himself active on the glass, Peter Edmiston of The Athletic writes.
8) The Orlando Magic keep showing resilience to injuries as they redefine how they have to play.
9) The Memphis Grizzlies’ patience approach to reclaim Josh Jackson is paying off, AJ Salah of Beale Street Bears writes. He is making the most of his second first impression.
10) Tyus Jones is a backup point guard to believe in for the Memphis Grizzlies, Lauren H. of Grizzly Bear Blues writes.
12) Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford has struggled to pull the right levers and push the right buttons as much as his team has throughout this season.
13) The Memphis Grizzlies have sought fun ways to stay loose as the playoff pressure begins to mount.
14) The NBA will be closing locker rooms, allowing only essential team personnel amid the scare over the coronavirus, making the move in conjunction with the other major sports leagues in the United States.
15) Orlando Magic players are aware of safety and health precautions they should take to prevent the spread of the disease, but they do not want it to disrupt their normal routines, Josh Robbins of The Athletic writes.
16) The Orlando Magic’s defense rounded into form the last two games, but it has largely betrayed a much-improved offense since the All-Star Break, Omar Cabrera writes.