Predicting Disney: Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic currently hold the 8th seed but could easily move up a spot with the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards missing some key players. If they can get Jonathan Isaac back, they could make some noise especially since they have home-court advantage with this being held in Orlando. Markelle Fultz made a bit of a jump himself and is showing there is some promise after all. They also don’t have too difficult of a schedule and this should be a good eight-game stretch for them.
Eight Game Schedule
July 31 vs Brooklyn Nets - Prediction: Win
The Nets will be missing so many players and will not stand much of a chance against a Magic team that has home court advantage coming out of the gates. This should be an easy W.
August 2 vs Sacramento Kings – Prediction: Win
The only time this season these two teams faced each other was on January 13. Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a close win. This game should be close but “Vooch” will again feast in a victory.
August 4 vs Indiana Pacers – Prediction: Loss
Indiana won both matchups this season and even without Victor Oladipo, they will strike again. The Magic should be competitive but the Pacers are a better team. Domantas Sabonis averaged 23 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in the two contests.
August 5 vs Toronto Raptors – Prediction: Loss
Toronto won all three games in the series this season and will again take down Orlando. The Raptors saw OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet combine for 19 steals in the 3 games.
August 7 vs Philadelphia 76ers – Prediction: Win
The Magic won both matchups against the 76ers this season. However, it was a completely different story in each game as one was a 15-point win and the other was by a single point. One thing that remained the same was Aaron Gordon’s play as he averaged 18.5 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.
August 9 vs Boston Celtics – Prediction: Loss
Orlando simply does not play well against Boston as witnessed by a total of a 27 point difference in the two games. This will likely be ugly and will surely result in an L.
August 11 vs Brooklyn Nets – Prediction: Win
See above. The Nets are not bringing their best to Orlando and the Magic have home court advantage.
August 13 vs New Orleans Pelicans – Prediction: Win
The two teams only faced each other once this season and it was a shootout that resulted in the Magic scoring 130 points and walking away with an 11-point win. This should be a fun victory to cap it off.
Final Record: 35-38 (5-3 Disney)