2019-20 NBA – Orlando Magic @ Miami Heat Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Orlando Magic @ Miami Heat taking place? Tuesday 28th January, 2020 – 00:30 (UK)

Where is Orlando Magic @ Miami Heat taking place? American Airlines Arena

What channel is Orlando Magic @ Miami Heat on? Fox Sports Sun, Fox Sports Florida, NBA TV Canada

Where can I stream Orlando Magic @ Miami Heat? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service, Fox Sports GO

Where can I get tickets for Orlando Magic @ Miami Heat? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Orlando Magic 105 – 85 Miami Heat

THE TEAM NEWS

ORLANDO MAGIC

  • The Magic enter this game following a 112-97 loss against the Los Angeles Clippers and they are currently going through one of their worst stretches of the campaign. They have lost their past three games while also posting a 1-4 record in their last five outings to sit in seventh place of the Eastern Conference with a 21-26 mark.
  • Orlando will be without four players here, including promising big man Jonathan Isaac and veteran point guard D.J. Augustin. Defensive specialist Al-Farouq Aminu and rookie Chuma Okeke have also been ruled out.
  • Keep an eye on Evan Fournier in this contest. He might have only scored 11 points against the Clippers, but he is currently averaging a career-high 19.0 points per game and should be one of the team’s primary scoring threats here.

MIAMI HEAT

  • The Heat enter this game after a 122-117 defeat against Los Angeles Clippers the last time out and that result snapped their two-game winning run, although Miami have posted a 3-2 mark in their last five games. They sit in third place of the Eastern Conference standings thanks to a 31-14 record.
  • Kyle Alexander and Justise Winslow have already been ruled out for the Heat, but several other players have been listed as questionable. The game-time decisions list includes some of the team’s most productive players such as Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Kendrick Nunn and Goran Dragic.
  • Considering all the potential absences, one player to watch for the Heat should be Dion Waiters. He netted 14 points in his season debut and could be in line for a decent workload if names such as Butler and Nunn end up being sidelined through injuries.

THE PREDICTION

These two Florida-based franchises are going through different runs of form. While both are coming off defeats, the Heat have been better on both a short-term and a long-term picture. Plus, the Heat will be at home where they’ve been one of the best teams in the league thus far thanks to an impressive 20-2 record. Miami should secure the win in front of their own crowd.

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