The ORLANDO and the MILWAUKEE will both be gunning for a victory on 10/27/2018 at 8:35 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
ORLANDO MAGIC vs MILWAUKEE BUCKS
When: 8:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 27, 2018
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
|717||ORLANDO||-8.5 (-110)||222 (-110)||300
TV: 8:35 PM
PREDICTION: MILWAUKEE , ORLANDO
Oddsmakers currently have the MILWAUKEE listed as -8.5 point favorites versus the ORLANDO, while the game’s total is sitting at 222.
The Milwaukee Bucks can improve to 6-0 for the first time since 1971 when they take on the visiting Orlando Magic on Saturday. Behind a balanced attack in which they shot 53.3 percent from the floor and handed out a season-high 32 assists, the Bucks rolled to a 125-95 win at Minnesota on Friday night.
Khris Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova scored 16 points apiece and Giannis Antetokounmpo chipped in 15 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as Milwaukee held Minnesota to 32.1 percent shooting to remain one of three unbeaten teams in the NBA. “The defense that we had in the first half, the way we came out and kind of established that identity, something we’ve been talking about,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Then playing with the lead in the third quarter I thought there were a lot of positives how we came out and did some things.” The Magic followed up an impressive 93-90 win at Boston on Monday with a disappointing 128-114 loss at home against Portland three nights later. Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points in both games and is averaging 25 points and 12 rebounds over his last three games.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, FS Florida (Orlando), FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
ABOUT THE MAGIC (2-3): Head coach Steve Clifford was justifiably concerned with a defensive effort that allowed Portland to shoot 55.2 percent, and he is well aware of the challenge that his team faces in Milwaukee’s prolifc attack. “The other thing that’s happened is that acquiring [center Brook] Lopez — they haven’t had the spacing 5s in the past — so now they’re so spread out, it gives Giannis more room to kind of go to work and play and drive and create,” Clifford told reporters. “They are shooting a ton of 3s and we’re gonna have to be able to be on top of those things.” Veteran backup Terrence Ross chipped in 24 points against the Blazers while making 5-of-9 3-pointers after hitting 4-of-17 through his first four contests.
ABOUT THE BUCKS (5-0): Milwaukee has scored at least 113 points in its five games and it got everyone into the act in producing the season-high 125 points at Minnesota, as 12 players scored at least six points. Middleton made 4-of-7 3-pointers and is 22-for-38 on the season while averaging 22.6 points, and Antetokounmpo was held below 25 points for the first time but is averaging 15.6 rebounds. The Bucks won their first seven games in the 1971-72 when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the star player.
1. Milwaukee made 19-of-46 3-pointers Friday night and it is averaging 16 made 3s on the season.
2. Magic PG D.J. Augustin was 3-for-4 from the floor in the loss to Portland after going 10-for-35 through the first four contests.
3. The Bucks took three of four meetings last season. Antetokounmpo played in three of those games, averging 32 points.
PREDICTION: Bucks 105, Magic 98