The Orlando Magic play the Utah Jazz in Utah on Thursday evening as part of their ongoing Western Conference road trip. Orlando started the campaign with a pair of consecutive victories and currently stands 2-2. The Jazz, who defeated Memphis last night, now sit at 2-3 on their current campaign.
After a scorching opening quarter versus Memphis on Wednesday, Utah rested after the Jazz jumped up to a 79-46 advantage at the break. In the initial two quarters, Jordan Clarkson and Lauri Markkanen combined for a total of 35 points on 12 of 15 shots, going 4 of 4 from three-point range. The Jazz easily won by blowout, scoring the second-highest number of points within a half in the history of the team. They also played outstanding defense, keeping Memphis to just 6 of 23 shooting in the first half of the match. None of the players recorded over 28 minutes with the Jazz on Thursday, keeping them refreshed coming into the game. The Magic are playing their fourth straight match on the road and are currently on a two-game winless run.
To begin the 2023–24 season, the youthful core of the Orlando Magic is going through the highs and lows of being a young squad. Orlando’s defeat on Tuesday wasn’t entirely disastrous, as the Magic had a 38-29 advantage late in the first half. With 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game, PF Franz Wagner tops Orlando, and PG Cole Anthony averages 15.0 points when he comes off the bench. Orlando has played four matches with a different highest scorer, indicating that they still lack a reliable scoring answer. The Magic have played exceptionally well on defense so far this season, giving up only 101.8 points per game to opponents, but they have had trouble shooting beyond the arc. The Magic are currently shooting 30.7% overall and making just 9.8 three-pointers per contest.
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Orlando Magic at Utah Jazz Game Information
- Date: 11/02/2023
- Time: 09:10 PM ET
- Location: Delta Center. Salt Lake City, UT.
- How to Watch Magic vs Jazz : TNT
- Live Stream: NBA Game Pass