Orlando will be desperate to end their three game losing streak this Saturday November 16 when they take on an in-form Mavericks in Florida.
Whilst not entirely reflective of their season, the Magic have come up against the Celtics, who have found an impressive run of form, twice in the last few weeks as well as a Hawks side who, led by Al Horford, are regularly dunking post-100 this season. Orlando have however put in some good performances against the weaker sides. Despite seeing out a very strong Clippers side, they have also netted over 100 points of their own against the Nets and Pelicans this season, with Nikola Vucevic being instrumental throughout this campaign. The NBA Rising Star 2013 has an average of 11.8 rebounds per game and alongside Arron Affalo has been the team’s player to watch so far.
However, the inconsistencies withing their results could benefit a Mavericks side that are chomping at the bit. It’s an important weekend for the Southwest Division side’s season with the Heat on Friday before heading upstate to Orlando. Having won five of their eight so far, they find themselves just inside the play-off places following a Houston Rockets defeat at the Sixers on Wednesday night, and lie second in their division only due to the stunning form of San Antonio Spurs.
The Mavericks are unbeaten in two having downed the Bucks and the Wizards in the last week, whilst Dallas Guard, Monta Ellis is averaging and impressive 22.5 points per game this season. Sitting on the edge of the top eight, they will be going all out this season to ensure there isn’t a repeat of the last campaign where they failed to reach the play-offs for the first time since 2000, and therefore will be desperate to capitalize on Orlando’s mixed season so far.
Orlando are within touching distance of the play-offs themselves, sitting just outside the Eastern Conference’s top eight, and have already dispatched the Mavericks once this season. Maurice Harkless will be looking to replicate his 16 point performance in Magic’s 102-94 preseason win in October, and after what will have been no doubt an exhausting night on Friday in Miami, look to tire Dallas and take a step up the Southeast Division Standings.