The Orlando Magic hope to bounce back from Friday’s disappointing effort as they take on the struggling Dallas Mavericks on the road to finish their Texas road trip.
Orlando Magic (6-3) vs. Dallas Mavericks (4-4)
8:30 p.m./FOX Sports Florida
No Tickets Available
2020 Season Series:
in Dallas on Nov. 6;
in Orlando on Feb. 21
2021 Season Series:
Tonight in Dallas; March 1 in Orlando
The Orlando Magic were not happy with their effort in the blowout loss to the Houston Rockets. It will be easy to expect a more focused effort when the team arrives in Dallas. And that already makes the team dangerous. The Magic are a prideful team. They are not going to let that poor effort sit. The Dallas Mavericks feel like sitting ducks. they are still figuring out their offense. And while their defense is much-improved, it is still inconsistent. And now there is the news that three Mavericks rotation players are out for health and safety protocols along with Kristaps Porzingis, who is out recovering from his surgery in the offseason on his right knee. The Magic will have Aaron Gordon back after he sat out. That will provide a big boost and someone fresh to defend Luka Doncic. If Evan Fournier is back, the Magic might actually be more healthy than the team they are facing.
1) The Orlando Magic did not have the firepower to keep up with the Houston Rockets, nor the effort according to coach Steve Clifford.
2) Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Jalen Brunson remained in Denver after reportedly testing positive for COVID-19. The thre Dallas Mavericks rotation players will not play Saturday.
3) The Orlando Magic expressed shock over what happened at the nation’s Capitol this week, Mike Bianchi of The Orlando Sentinel writes. It is impossible to ignore everything that has gone on as NBA players continue to put in the work to make their communities better while dealing with the realities of the two Americas, Spencer Henderson writes.
4) Luka Doncic’s heroics in Thursday’s win over the Denver Nuggets may be a sign of the team’s maturation and moving past their late-game struggles, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News writes. The Mavericks showed tremendous growth in the overtime win, Tim Cato of The Athletic writes.
5) Nikola Vucevic’s consistency will keep the Orlando Magic competitive and in the playoff race, Jacob Warfle writes.
6) The Orlando Magic need Cole Anthony and the rest of the team to have a next-man-up mentality to survive without Markelle Fultz.
7) Cole Anthony is getting a sooner-than-expected opportunity to start, Mike Cali of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes. The Orlando Magic are going to need to get their young point guards up to speed quickly.
8) Markelle Fultz’s injury will slow his progress and could leave the Orlando magic in a lurch at point guard, Kevin Pelton of ESPN+ writes. It has left a huge hole as the Magic plan their future.
9) Mike Ferguson of Orlando Pinstriped Post looks back at five injuries that changed Orlando Magic history.
10) Maxi Kleber has been gaining praise from his coach to chairman Mark Cuban, Tyler Watts of The Smoking Cuban writes.
12) The Orlando Magic’s youth revolution is happening in slow motion, sped up only by injury.
13) The G-League announced that 18 teams, including the Lakeland Magic, will play the 2021 season inside a bubble at Disney’s Wide World of Sports beginning in February.