The Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Orlando Magic on Tuesday. The Thunder are coming off a one-point loss to Utah from just one day earlier, while the Magic defeated Washington by seven-points on Sunday.
Last season these teams met twice, with the Thunder winning outright and also covering the spread in both meetings.
The Orlando Magic are off to a perfect 3-0 start this season. The Magic opened up their season with a 113-107 victory over Miami as a 4.5-point dog on December 23. Orlando swept back-to-back road games on Saturday and Sunday against the Washington Wizards. Orlando won the opening game 130-120 as a two-point dog and 120-113 the following day as a two-point favorite. Markelle Futz led the Magic with 26 points in the latest victory and is second on the team averaging 20.7 ppg. Terrence Ross leads the team with 23.3 ppg so far, and Evan Fournier is third with 19 ppg. Nikola Vucevic, who was the team’s best player during both the 2019-20 playoffs and the regular season, is averaging leads the team with 17.3 points and a team-best 12 rebounds per game.
Orlando has shot 47.4% from the field as a team, 35.7% from three-point range, and 81.4% from the line throughout the first three games.
Young Thunder playing hard
The Oklahoma City Thunder had their original season opener against Houston scheduled for December 23 canceled due to issues related to COVID-19. The Thunder opened up their season with a 109-107 victory on the road against Charlotte as a three-point dog. On Monday, the Thunder lost to Utah 110-109 as a nine-point dog.Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is leading the Thunder with 23.5 ppg scored this season, after putting up 19 ppg last season. Gilgeous-Alexander was one of the players involved in the deal that sent Paul George to the Clippers in the 2019 offseason.
On Monday, the Thunder shot 46.5% (40 of 86) from the floor and 39.5% (15 of 38) from three-point range in their loss to Utah. Second-year player Luguentz Dortz led the Thunder with 26 points on 9 of 11 shooting from the field in the loss. On the other side, the Jazz shot 50% (43 of 86) and 36.1% (13 of 36) from three-point range.