Depending on how optimistic you are about this 2016-2017 Orlando Magic team, there are opportunities that you can potentially take advantage of.
Over/Under 36.5 Wins
Topbet actually might be the most optimistic site I’ve seen. They placed the over/under at 36.5, which is on par with everyone else, but you earn more money if you pick the ‘under’ rather than the ‘over’. That means Topbet seems to think Frank Vogel’s squad will surpass the national predictions that they won’t reach the postseason.
As an example, bet $100 on the ‘over’ of 36.5 wins and you’ll win $80. Bet $100 on the ‘under’ and you’ll win $95.23.
The Orlando Magic fell to 0-2 in their preseason campaign, falling 117-102 on Wednesday night in Cleveland to the Cavaliers. It never was close after the first few minutes of action. Orlando’s starters and rotation players had some problems shooting the ball, only managing 35.9 FG% in the first half. By the end of the game, Orlando’s end-of-the-bench contributors raised it to 44.0 FG%.
Frank Vogel’s squad did at least shoot 11-of-24 (45.8 3PT%) on triples. Evan Fournier looked good offensively, tallying 14 points in 21 minutes. He struggled early on both ends, but Mario Hezonja settled down and finished with 17 points on 6-of-14 off the bench. #8 also got a few and-1s. Jeff Green started in place of the Croatian at small forward and dropped 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting (3-of-5 on 3s) in 24 minutes.
Rookie Stephen Zimmerman continues to show promising spurts, notching 9 points. Nick Johnson played the entire fourth period only and tallied 4 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Bismack Biyombo shot a rough 1-of-6 shooting as he had 3 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.
It was all Cleveland though. They shot over 60% much of the contest, finishing at 53.2 FG% as well as 13-of-27 on 3-pointers. At one point, they were 9-of-12 from long range. Jordan McRae led everyone with 20 points. Cavs rookie Kay Felder had 14 points.
It was kind of a familiar storyline for the Magic in Cleveland as in years past. The Cavaliers’ starters looked very comfortable. This is only exhibition play though.
Below is the game recap.
The Orlando Magic opened their seven-game 2016 NBA exhibition schedule on Monday, falling 102-97 in Memphis to the Grizzlies. The final score didn’t mean anything since a lot of third-stringers could be spotted throughout the fourth period.
Frank Vogel and his coaching staff got his squad to hit triples and to run rampant against a grind-it-out Memphis side that has a new coach of their own in former Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale. Turnovers were the reason Orlando lost. That’s the trade-off when trying to boost offensive tempo.
23 turnovers and just 19 assists for the men in black. Memphis had the same amount of dimes, but only coughed it up 13 times. Orlando shot 47.9 FG% and a great 45.8 3PT% (11-of-24). The 16-of-25 free throw shooting is a bit concerning.
Evan Fournier led all Magic men with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Nikola Vucevic only shot 4-of-12 but tallied 11 points, 9 rebounds, and a team-high 5 assists. Bismack Biyombo finished with 5 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. C.J. Watson looking to avoid leg issues this season, as he hoisted in 10 points. Rookie Stephen Zimmerman added 8 points. Damjan Rudez also had 8 points on 3-of-3 shooting (2-of-2 on 3s). Wade Baldwin led Memphis with 15 points. The Grizzlies were held to 20.8 3PT% (5-of-24).
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— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) October 4, 2016
It’s amazing that we’re in 2016 and we could not visually watch this contest live. Disappointing.
Below is the game recap.
In a refreshing tweak in comparison to past years, the Orlando Magic will be hosting their annual free open practice to the public on a Saturday. October 15th at Amway Center to be precise.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. EST and the actual practice/scrimmage is set to begin at 2 p.m. EST. I would recommend you getting there a bit before that time because they could start a tad bit sooner.
This practice is smack dab between the Friday October 14th home game against Indiana, and the Sunday October 16th home contest versus Atlanta.
So again, this is free for the fans to attend. There’s also free parking provided in the GEICO garage. There will be special giveaways and concession discounts.
Chase bank card owners are being offered exclusive deals which include; reserved VIP seating, 15% off Orlando Magic retail items, and a complimentary t-shirt, while supplies last.
Click here to order your free tickets. These are going really fast.
Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO.
The Orlando Magic finally earned a well-deserved day off on Saturday. It’s their first time they can truly rest since training camp began on Tuesdays. Coach Frank Vogel pushed his current squad of 19 players with two-a-days. The Magic have one more practice set for Sunday before hopping on a plane for Memphis to take on the Grizzlies in their first preseason game on Monday.
Since it’s been a busy week in what will be a crucial season for the franchise moving forward, I wanted to go over some items that I’ve noticed or deem important early on.
Frank Vogel is Loved and Scott Skiles Becomes the Scapegoat
This isn’t a surprise, but I am curious at how much players are opening up about how life is way better with Vogel than Skiles. They see the genuineness that was lacking with Skiles. Even CEO Alex Martins fully acknowledges that Vogel just bonds better with the roster than Skiles did. It’s early, and only winning really cures and erases past problems, but the squad seems to be in a good mental state here to begin with.
Vogel has been able to mix smiling and joking with serious hard drills. Skiles was rarely known for the former. Aaron Gordon mentions how if the team takes care of the defensive end, Vogel is going to give his players offensive freedom to excel.
“Coach Skiles was definitely controlling – controlling on both ends of the floor,” said forward Aaron Gordon, who is arguably the Magic’s most athletically gifted player. “Coach Vogel has let it be known that if we take care of things on defense then we’ll have more freedom on offense to be the players that we know we can be and make the plays that we know we can make. … He’s given us a long leash and we’re going to take advantage of it.”
Skiles was very controlling with everything. Skiles talked about speeding up the offense, but so far the Magic are actually doing it. Guys are winded and the coaching staff wants to run early and often this season. Skiles is also as much to blame for the January and February collapse as the players are.
Louisville Magic. St. Louis Magic. Kansas City Magic. Oklahoma City Magic (sorry, Seattle). A decade ago, Orlando could have opened the door for its city to allow its only major sports franchise – at the time – to seek a new home and migrate to a new host base.
Although the Orlando Arena was still fairly young, having been built in 1989, it was quickly considered out-dated by the mid-’90s due to all of the modern amenities it lacked. It had the opera-style balcony VIP suites that heavy spenders realized didn’t make sense to have for basketball when you could barely see the action on the court. I loved the O-rena because it was perfect for basketball. Small, loud, and no bad seats.
Since the 21st century began – basically when the arena’s name changed to ‘TD Waterhouse Centre’ – it seemed like the Magic were asking City of Orlando and Orange County officials for funding assistance to seek plans to build a new arena. In 2004, former NBA commissioner David Stern agreed with the team’s opinion.
The Orlando Magic have already had to begin Frank Vogel’s first training camp as head coach without Aaron Gordon (rolled ankle) and Elfrid Payton (strained hip flexor) being able to fully participate.
This is a very familiar situation to last year during Scott Skiles‘ reign. AG was still recovering from that broken jaw and was only able to partake in non-contract drills (just like now under Vogel) while EP missed the vast majority of that ’15 camp and preseason with a hamstring injury. Both returned for that regular season opener, and I expect both to get plenty practice time prior to this upcoming Oct. 26th opener against the Heat.
But even if Gordon and Payton were each unavailable – so we’re talking your starting PG and SF here – I’m quite comfortable with the options available to step in. I think this is where many basketball prognosticators are underestimating just what the Magic accomplished this offseason.
From a full roster perspective, this by far and away the best squad GM Rob Hennigan has put together since taking the job in 2012. I can make an easy argument that this is the deepest team the franchise has had since the 2010-2011 campaign.
The Orlando Magic on Wednesday announced that single-game tickets for all exhibition and regular season contests in their 2016-2017 campaign will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday October 4th at 10 a.m. EST.
Chase bank card holders will have the early chance to buy single-game tickets beginning Thursday September 29th when they use their Chase card.
Tickets will officially be available for purchase:
- Online at www.orlandomagic.com
- At the Chase box office at Amway Center (on Church Street)
- At all TicketMaster outlets
- By calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX
- For Chase card holders starting on September 29th, when their Chase card is used
Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO.
We initially learned about them last month, but the Orlando Magic at ‘Media Day’ on Monday had some of their players wear the ‘Stars’ alternate uniform.
I’m aware I have the minority opinion, but I think they look solid in person. The grey/silver color works. The logo pops out. The number placement and the font used are great. Are the blue-white panels a little weird? Yeah, but it doesn’t take away from the rest of the jersey.
— Adam Papageorgiou (@PapageorgiouMBO) September 26, 2016
The Orlando Magic held their ‘Media Day’ at the Amway Center on Monday, and it’s safe to say that this is the most initial buzz surrounding this franchise in the entire Rob Hennigan era.
It’s where we find out how guys spent their offseason. Who looked like they lost weight. Who looked like they put on muscle. Playoff expectations. It’s typically a joyous occasion and never disappoints as far as entertainment value goes. Get your excitement levels up.
Below is a lot of interview footage. If there’s one thing I remembered, it’s that I need more video recording memory. Enjoy.