Orlando Magic vs Milwaukee Bucks Preview and Predictions -12-09-2019
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
When: Monday, December 9, 8:00 PM. ET.
The Milwaukee Bucks will be going for their 15th consecutive win when they take on the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
Magic Going For Fifth Consecutive Win
The Magic have flown under the radar this season, but they have played well and are only five games behind the Miami Heat in the Southeast Division. They have won their last four games and will be trying to make it five wins in a row when they face the Bucks on Monday night.
Orlando has struggled offensively this season, averaging 103 points per game. The team is shooting 43 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range. They finished with 93 points in their win over Cleveland and will need to score more points if they want to snap Milwaukee’s winning streak.
Terrence Ross led the way for the Magic with 21 points and three rebounds. Evan Fournier finished with 18 points and two rebounds, while Aaron Gordon added 14 points and five rebounds for the Magic.
Orlando is one of the best defensive teams in the league, holding opponents to 102.6 points per game, which is second in the league. They held the Cavaliers to 87 points in their last game and will need a similar performance to get past the Bucks on Monday.
Bucks Trying To Avoid Letdown
The Bucks are coming off a big win over the Los Angeles Clippers in their last game, which gave them their 14th consecutive win. After a statement win like that, there is a tendency to let up against less-talented opponents, and the Bucks will be trying to avoid overlooking the Magic as they try to pick up their 15th consecutive win.
Milwaukee is the best offensive team in the league, averaging 121 points per game. The team is shooting 48 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. They finished with 119 points against the Clippers and will need to continue playing well offensively if they want to keep their streak going.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the Bucks with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists. Khris Middleton finished with 17 points, six rebounds, and five assists, while Pat Connaughton added 13 points and four rebounds for the Bucks.
Milwaukee has also played well defensively, holding opponents to 107.4 points per game. They held the Clippers to 91 points and are giving up 94.5 points per game in their last four games. If they continue playing well defensively, they should be able to pick up the win over the Magic.
The Orlando Magic are an American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. The Magic compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The franchise was established in 1989 as an expansion franchise, and such notable NBA stars as Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis, Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis, Dominique Wilkins, and Hedo Türkoğlu have played for the club throughout its young history. As of 2019, the franchise has played in the NBA playoffs for exactly half of its existence (15 playoff appearances in 30 years), and twice went to the NBA Finals, in 1995 and 2009. Orlando has been the second most successful of the four expansion teams brought into the league in 1988 and 1989 in terms of winning percentage, only after the Miami Heat.