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NBA : ATS Matchup
Tuesday 8/18/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore



ORLANDO (33 - 40) vs. MILWAUKEE (56 - 17)
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Tuesday, 8/18/2020 1:30 PM
Eastern Conference - First Round - Best Of 7 - Game 1 - Orlando, FL
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ORLANDO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games33-40-13.835-3439-33107.353.744.4%52.8108.354.646.5%52.6
Road Games17-25-6.824-1626-15109.054.344.9%51.5110.555.747.5%52.5
Last 5 Games1-4-42-32-3109.651.243.5%54.8114.855.846.1%56.4
Playoff Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
ORLANDO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)107.353.739-8944.4%11-3234.3%18-2377.4%531024188125
vs opponents surrendering11256.241-8945.8%12-3435.7%18-2377.4%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)109.054.340-8844.9%11-3235.3%18-2478.4%511023198125
Stats Against (All Games)108.354.640-8746.5%12-3436.4%15-2077.2%53925197145
vs opponents averaging112.156.341-8946.1%12-3435.9%18-2377.3%531025218145
Stats Against (Road Games)110.555.741-8747.5%12-3435.9%16-2077.9%53925207144

MILWAUKEE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games56-17-3.938-3435-38118.759.347.6%59.7108.653.941.4%53.9
Road Games28-14+1.619-2220-22116.456.746.8%59.0109.755.041.7%54.4
Last 5 Games2-3-3.42-33-2120.059.245.6%58.2119.663.643.5%58.0
Playoff Games0-000-00-0000.0%0000.0%0
MILWAUKEE Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)118.759.343-9147.6%14-3935.5%18-2574.3%60926207156
vs opponents surrendering111.656.141-8846.3%12-3435.7%18-2377.2%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)116.456.742-9046.8%13-3934.1%19-2575.7%59924207156
Stats Against (All Games)108.653.939-9441.4%14-3935.5%17-2178.7%541024227144
vs opponents averaging11155.841-8945.9%12-3435.8%18-2377.2%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)109.755.039-9441.7%14-4036.1%17-2278.4%541025227144
Average power rating of opponents played: ORLANDO 96,  MILWAUKEE 95.2
ORLANDO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/13/2020*NEW ORLEANS133-127W-4W226.5O48-8457.1%411248-8755.2%4813

MILWAUKEE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
ORLANDO: LAST SEASON: 42-40, lost 4-1 in first round to Toronto
COACH: Steve Clifford (second season with Magic; seventh season overall, 238-254).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Evan Fournier (15.1 ppg), G D.J. Augustin (11.7), F Aaron Gordon (16.0), F Jonathan Isaac (9.6), C Nikola Vucevic (20.8).
KEY ADDITIONS: F Al-Farouq Aminu, G Markelle Fultz (acquired in February from Philadelphia but didn't play).
PLAYERS TO WATCH: There isn't a lot of mystery to the Magic entering this season, since they bring back basically the same team and will be adding a former No. 1 overall pick in Fultz who has worked for months to fix his shoulder and shooting issues. Vucevic is coming off a season where he set career-bests in points, rebounds and assists per game. When Gordon scored big, the Magic were really good; they went 16-8 in the 24 games where Gordon reached the 20-point mark. Terrence Ross is basically a sixth starter for Orlando, needing only 26.5 minutes per game to average 15.1 points last season in an instant-offense role coming off the bench.
OUTLOOK: The Magic improved by 17 wins last season and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2012, doing all that without the burden of expectation. They won't have that same luxury this year, not after bringing back virtually every part of a team that didn't just get into the playoffs but did so by going 22-9 down the stretch of the regular season. Getting to the foul line more would be a major help, after the Magic ranked last in free throws made and free throws attempted last season. The biggest challenge for Clifford may be finding ways for his team to replicate the same get-into-the-playoffs hunger it had a year ago.
MILWAUKEE: LAST SEASON: 60-22, best record in the NBA during the regular season, lost to Toronto in six games in the Eastern Conference finals.
COACH: Mike Budenholzer (second season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Eric Bledsoe (15.9 ppg), G Wesley Matthews (12.2 ppg), F Khris Middleton (18.3 ppg), F Giannis Antetokounmpo (27.7 ppg), C Brook Lopez (12.5 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: G Malcolm Brogdon, F Nikola Mirotic, G Tony Snell.
KEY ADDITIONS: Matthews, C Robin Lopez, G Kyle Korver, F Dragan Bender, F Thanasis Antetokounmpo. PLAYER TO WATCH: Giannis Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo had the best season of his career a season ago en route to earning NBA MVP. He was outplayed by Kawhi Leonard in the Eastern Conference finals. Now, in his seventh season, how will Antetokounmpo improve his game offensively as he looks to take the Bucks to the finals and capture the first NBA title for the franchise since 1971?
OUTLOOK: Expectations have never been higher for the Bucks. A season after winning MVP, Coach of the Year (Budenholzer) and Executive of the Year (GM Jon Horst), Milwaukee enters this season without former Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, one of only eight players in NBA history in the 50-40-90 club. The Bucks lost Brogdon to free agency, but managed to keep their core of Bledsoe, Lopez, Middleton and Antetokounmpo together. With both Leonard and LeBron James now out west, anything less than a conference finals appearance will be deemed a failure in Milwaukee.
Magic first up as Bucks begin title run

Giannis Antetokounmpo slightly raised his eyebrows when asked how he is handling entering the NBA playoffs with his Milwaukee Bucks as the favorites to win the championship.

"We're the favorites to win?" Antetokounmpo asked. "I'm not following media as much."

Yes, the Bucks are the favorites. They are the top seed in the Eastern Conference and posted the NBA's best record during the regular season. Antetokounmpo is the frontrunner to repeat as the league's MVP and also a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Milwaukee's quest for a title begins Tuesday, with Game 1 of its first-round, best-of-seven series against eighth-seeded Orlando.

"Certainly, there's very high expectations for our group," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "... It's just keeping us being aware of who we are and playing the way to put us in a position to be considered one of the better teams. You can't get ahead. You can't skip steps."

The Bucks weren't exactly their dominant selves during the first part of the NBA's restart, finishing 3-5 in the seeding games held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando.

Antetokounmpo said their defense, which was the NBA's best in efficiency (102.5 points allowed per 100 possessions) during the regular season, lacked intensity. Ball movement was not as swift for a Bucks style that requires spacing, pace and "randomness," as Budenholzer described.

Antetokounmpo also was suspended for the final seeding game for head-butting Washington's Moe Wagner during Milwaukee's Aug. 11 win over the Wizards.

Still, this series against the Magic appears to be a major mismatch.

Milwaukee swept the regular-season series 4-0. The Magic also were 3-5 during seeding play and are short-handed.

Promising forward Jonathan Isaac suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Aug. 2. Big man Mo Bamba recently left the "bubble" for a post-coronavirus health evaluation. Starting forward Aaron Gordon (hamstring) is listed as questionable to play in Game 1 per Monday's injury report, while guard Michael Carter-Williams (foot) is doubtful. Evan Fournier (non-COVID-19 illness) and Terrence Ross (non-COVID-19 medical tests) also missed time in recent days but are expected to play Tuesday.

Orlando coach Steve Clifford said his team must limit turnovers, convert fast-break opportunities and have the rebounding advantage in order "to have a chance" against the Bucks. Creating and making 3-pointers-- a Magic weakness during the regular season -- also will be important against a Bucks defense that focuses on protecting the rim.

"We are the underdogs," Fournier said. "It's just the truth. It doesn't mean we're not going to fight as hard as we can to win and do damage, but we all know that Milwaukee's a great team."

The Bucks, meanwhile, have long awaited this playoff return.

Point guard Eric Bledsoe said he feels more motivation than pressure after his team blew a 2-0 lead against eventual champion Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals last season. While revisiting film from that series, Bledsoe said Budenholzer still brings up the "hustle plays" such as grabbing 50/50 balls that the Bucks missed.

Antetokounmpo added he is not focused on accumulating the 16 wins required to complete a championship run. He is focused on the daily task for his team.

"We've got to compete," Antetokounmpo said. "We've got to play hard. We've got to take pride in what we're doing. Hopefully, we can leave this place with a smile on our face."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/20/2020 1:17:35 PM EST

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