The resurgent Atlanta Hawks host the Orlando Magic at State Farm Arena tonight as they aim to continue their winning ways. In the previous meeting between the two sides earlier in the season, the Hawks edged out Orlando by 115-112.
The Orlando Magic have been in dismal form lately, winning just once in their last eight outings. In their last game, they lost to the Houston Rockets by 110-114.
The Magic did a pretty good job until the end of the first half, outscoring their opponents by six points. However, Orlando was outscored 32-18 in the third quarter, which was the turning point of the game, resulting in a loss for them.
Dwayne Bacon scored a team-high 22 points on the night, while five other players scored in double digits for the Orlando Magic.
The Atlanta Hawks, meanwhile, got back to winning ways in their last game against the Indiana Pacers. They beat them 129-117 to record their eighth win in ten games.
It was a closely contested matchup for long periods of the game, but the Hawks edged the Pacers out in some of the key moments, which eventually helped them win.
Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks - Injury Report
The Orlando Magic will be without a lot of players for the game against the Atlanta Hawks.
The likes of Otto Porter Jr. (foot), James Ennis III (calf), Terrence Ross (back), Michael Carter-Williams (ankle), Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz are all ruled out as per the injury report.
The Atlanta Hawks will also be without several stars for this game.
The injury report states that Tony Snell (ankle), Kris Dunn (ankle), De'Andre Hunter (knee), Danilo Gallinari (foot) and Cam Reddish (achilles) have all been ruled out for tonight's matchup against the Orlando Magic.
Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks - Predicted Lineups
The Orlando Magic are likely to play the same lineup from the last game.
Cole Anthony and Garry Harris started as the two guards, while Dwayne Bacon and Chuma Okeke partnered with Wendell Carter Jr. on the frontcourt in their last outing and are all likely to retain their spots.
All reserves are likely to get a minimum of 15 minutes, with RJ Hampton and Mohamed Bamba likely to get the most playing time.
The Atlanta Hawks will likely field the same starting five from their last game as well.
Lou Williams and Brandon Goodwin are likely to receive the most playing time off the bench.
Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks - Predicted Starting 5s
Point Guard - Cole Anthony l Shooting Guard - Garry Harris l Small Forward - Dwayne Bacon l Power Forward - Chuma Okeke l Center - Wendell Carter Jr.
Point Guard - Trae Young l Shooting Guard - Bogdan Bogdanovic l Small Forward - Kevin Huerter l Power Forward - John Collins l Center - Clint Capela.