Orlando Magic (4-4) vs Milwaukee Bucks (5-3)
Game Info: Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 6:00 pm (Amway Center)
Betting Odds: Orlando Magic +3.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks pay a visit to the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center on Saturday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been in decent shape as they've won four of their last six games overall, but they will be hoping to bounce back here after having their three-game win streak halted by the Pacers in a 126-124 road loss on Thursday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with a season-high 54 points with 12 rebounds and three assists on 19 of 25 shooting, Khris Middleton added 19 points while Malik Beasley chipped in with 13 points in a rare start. As a team, the Bucks shot 52 percent from the field and nine of 27 from the 3-point line as they worked hard to turn an early 18-point deficit into a 10-point fourth quarter lead. However, the Bucks couldn't keep it up and scored just five points in the final 3:20 to allow the Pacers to slip away in a tight finish.
Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have split their first eight games of the season and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after coming up painfully short to the Hawks in a 120-119 loss on Thursday. Jalen Suggs led the team with 21 points and six steals on seven of 10 shooting, Paolo Banchero added 17 points with eight rebounds and four assists while Markelle Fultz and Moritz Wagner scored 13 points apiece. As a team, the Magic shot 46 percent from the field and 10 of 27 from the 3-point line as they came up just short despite leading by 11 points midway through the fourth quarter.
- The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent rebounds per game this season (39.6).
- The Magic rank 30th in the league for H2 points per game this season (48.3).
- The Bucks rank 1st in the league for free throw attempts per game this season (29.3).
- The Bucks rank 30th in the league for field goal attempts per game this season (85.6).
The Bucks could be shorthanded again as Damian Lillard is listed as questionable with a calf injury, while the Magic are keeping an eye on Gary Harris who is questionable also. The Bucks have yet to really find their groove and they will be disappointed with their narrow loss to the Pacers on Thursday despite 54 points from Antetokounmpo. The Magic have been outperforming expectations so far this season, but they've cooled off with a couple of losses on the trot and are coming off a one-point loss to the Hawks. The Bucks have more than enough firepower to get the job done in this game without Lillard in the lineup, but the Magic have been playing better than their record suggests, so I think we're in for a close one. The Bucks are deserved favorites in this spot, but I like the Magic to pull off the minor upset at home in this spot.