7:00 PM ET, November 13, 2013
Amway Center, Orlando, FL
Last week the Orlando Magic offered their online sports betting fans as well as the NBA one of its biggest early-season surprises when they shut down the league’s highest-scoring team to improve to 3-0 at home.
Even while they haven’t won since, Orlando still has a good chance to turn things around tonight when it looks for its 15th straight home victory over the injury-plagued Milwaukee Bucks.
Orlando (3-5) beat the New Orleans pelicans, Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers by an average of 16.3 points before Friday’s 91-89 defeat versus the Boston Celtics dropped them to 3-1 at home. Los Angeles, averaging an NBA-best 109.9 points, were held to a season low in a 98-90 defeat.
The Magic’s defense has been incredible at the Amway Center, ranking near the top of the NBA by allowing 89.3 points and a 36.7 field goal percentage.
Even so, this team still hasn’t been able to duplicate those numbers away from home, giving up 110.3 points during an 0-4 start that includes a 120-105 defeat at Boston on Monday.
Coming back home to open a three-game homestand, the Magic will look to continue their dominant run versus Milwaukee (2-4) in central Florida.
They’ve limited the Bucks to an average of 89.2 points during a 14-game win streak in Orlando. Milwaukee hasn’t been able to win there since Dec. 29, 2004, when Michael Redd scored 29 in a 111-105 win.
The Bucks put up only 62 points over the first three quarters Tuesday in a 118-95 defeat in Miami. The defense was unable to compensate for the woeful offense, giving up season highs in points and field goal percentage (58.2).
It’s also been a problem that the Bucks are playinge without several key players due to injury, including Ersan Ilyasova (ankle), Luke Ridnour (back) and Larry Sanders (thumb).