7:00 PM ET, November 1, 2013
Amway Center, Orlando, FL
Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn is still feeling pretty positive even with his team on the verge of matching their worst start in eight NBA seasons.
The New Orleans Pelicans are trying to learn from their own slow start to 2013-14 and impress YouWager fans.
Orlando will try to avoid a three-game skid tonight when they open their home schedule versus the Pelicans.
The Magic (0-2) followed a season-opening 97-87 loss versus the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday by squandering a three-point lead with 10.2 seconds to play in a 120-115 overtime loss versus the Minnesota Timberwolves a day later.
Even with the setback, Vaughn was feeling good with the effort.
“That was fun. That was fun to be a part of,” Vaughn said. “I’d be even in a better mood if we came out victorious, but great effort by our guys to give ourselves a chance to win the ball game.”
Orlando didn’t do much of that in Vaughn’s first season on the bench in 2012-13, going a league-worst 20-62 — the second-worst record in team history.
The last time the Magic started with three straight defeat was in 2005, and the team hasn’t dropped their home opener since the 2008-09 season.
Orlando lost 97-94 in their most recent home meeting versus the Pelicans on Dec. 26, despite getting 28 points and 10 assists from Jameer Nelson.
The guard is looking to build on his 18 points and eight assists in Wednesday’s defeat.
New Orleans (0-1) will look to recover from a 95-90 defeat versus Indiana Pacers on Wednesday in which they blew a 16-point lead in the second half and allowed 36 points in the fourth quarter.