Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks (Jan. 11, 2021): How to Watch, Odds and Prediction

Nikola Vucevic became the catalyst for the Orlando Magic, dominating the Milwaukee Bucks and leading the team to a surprising Game 1 win. (Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images)
Nikola Vucevic became the catalyst for the Orlando Magic, dominating the Milwaukee Bucks and leading the team to a surprising Game 1 win. (Photo by Kim Klement-Pool/Getty Images) /

The Orlando Magic return home from their road trip to meet the Milwaukee Bucks in a playoff rematch from the Orlando Bubble. Meanwhile, COVID questions hang over the team.

Milwaukee Bucks (6-4) vs. Orlando Magic (6-4)


7 p.m./FOX Sports Florida




$17-$597 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;

Bucks 111, Magic 95

in Orlando on Feb. 8; Game 1 –

Magic 122, Bucks 110

; Game 2 –

Bucks 111, Magic 96

; Game 3 –

Bucks 121, Magic 107

; Game 4 –

Bucks 121, Magic 106

; Game 5 –

Bucks 118, Magic 104

2021 Season Series:

Tonight in Orlando

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OMD Prediction

The Orlando Magic definitely need a break to reset and refigure themselves. The last thing they really need is a matchup with a tricky team like the Milwaukee Bucks who are very disciplined in what they do and have a clear way they try to play. They are a team that demands discipline. And this Magic team just does not have the firepower to keep up with a fully operational Bucks battle station. Not as constructed right now at least. Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as probable after missing Saturday’s game with back spasms. But even without him, they are plenty strong defensively and plenty good enough even on a bad offensive night to handle the Magic. Orlando has so much work to do and this just isn’t the game to get it done.

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1) With Markelle Fultz out, the Orlando Magic are going to rely on Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic to carry more of the playmaking burden, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

2) Nikola Vucevic’s consistency on offense especially can keep the Orlando Magic afloat, Jacob Warfle writes.

3) The Orlando Magic have to work to get their young guards up to speed quickly without Markelle Fultz.

4) The pandemic season is presenting major challenges to Steve Clifford as he tries to adjust for his team on the fly.

5) The Orlando Magic could apply for a hardship to add another player, but their full roster and proximity to the luxury tax may cause them to stick with their current roster, Josh Robbins of The Athletic writes.

6) Giannis Antetokounmpo is starting to rise, Tyler Schickert of Behind the Buck Pass writes.

7) The Orlando Magic are preparing to enter the most challenging part of their schedule.

8) The Orlando Magic’s success may ultimately depend on the 3-point line and how they shoot and defend it.

9) The Orlando Magic — and their fans — shouldn’t think about tanking at this early stage of the season.

10) Bobby Portis is among the players impressing early on for the Milwaukee Bucks, Dalton Sell of Behind the Buck Pass writes.

11) Mohamed Bamba is trying to stay patient as the Orlando Magic continue to look for ways to work him into games and the rotation, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

12) The biggest concern for Markelle Fultz as he recovers is how he accounts for the potential loss in athleticism that comes with his torn ACL, Micah Wimmer of The Step Back writes.

13) The Orlando Magic are in the same cap position as they were last year, likely only having their mid-level exception available this summer, Danny Leroux of The Athletic writes.

14) It was a difficult week for everyone in the country last week. Spencer Henderson reflects on how many players in the league are likely feeling after it.