BC-BKN–Pelicans-Magic-Preview

Published 5:00 am Thursday, August 13, 2020

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WHAT: New Orleans Pelicans (30-41, 13th in the Western Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (32-40, eighth in the Eastern Conference).

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Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

l BOTTOM LINE: Orlando: Will try to stop its five-game losing streak. The Magic are 12-17 in nonconference games and 25-12 when winning the rebound battle and averages 44.7 rebounds per game. New Orleans: 12-11 in nonconference play and leads the Western Conference with 11.1 offensive rebounds per game, led by Derrick Favors averaging 3.2.

l LAST MEETING: The Magic won 130-119 on Dec. 15. Jonathan Isaac scored 21 points to help lead Orlando.

l TOP PERFORMERS: Orlando: Nikola Vucevic is third on the Magic averaging 1.6 made 3-pointers, and is scoring 19.5 points per game while shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. Markelle Fultz is averaging 14.3 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 47.2 percent over the last 10 game. New Orleans: J.J. Redick is averaging 15.3 points and 2.5 rebounds. Lonzo Ball is averaging 2.3 made 3-pointers and 10.9 points over the last 10 games.

l LAST 10 GAMES:

Magic: 5-5, averaging 116.2 points, 45.7 rebounds, 24.6 assists, 7.6 steals and 3.4 blocks per game while shooting 47.0 percent from the field. Opponents have averaged 114 points on 47.0 percent shooting. New Orleans: 4-6, averaging 113.1 points, 45.8 rebounds, 26.6 assists, 6.9 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the field. Opponents have averaged 115 points on 44.5 percent shooting.

l INJURIES:

Magic: Michael Carter-Williams: out (foot), Terrence Ross: out (personal), Jonathan Isaac: out for season (acl), Aaron Gordon: out (hamstring), Mohamed Bamba: out (migrane headache), Evan Fournier: out (illness). New Orleans: Zion Williamson: out (knee), Brandon Ingram: out (knee), Jrue Holiday: out (elbow).

The Associated Press