It’s been almost two weeks since Orlando last won a game and the Magic will look to end the drought Tuesday when they take on the Hawks in Atlanta.
All of a sudden, with the injury to Derrick Rose, the Atlanta Hawks find themselves third in the East while not necessarily playing particularly well. Last time out, the Hawks fell to a struggling Boston Celtics team at home in part to a miserable fourth quarter in which they were outscored 30-13.
Atlanta has played a rather weak schedule in building up their 8-6 record, facing only three teams that are currently over .500 — Miami, Dallas, and Denver — and losing all three of them. Although, there are so many struggling teams in the East that almost any team in the conference has played a perceived “soft” schedule. The Hawks are an inconsistent team that’s still trying to build their identity, but talented big men Al Horford and Paul Millsap give them a chance to beat almost anyone below them in the conference.
In their only previous meeting this year, the Magic fell to the Hawks in Atlanta 104-94. In that game, Hawks guard Jeff Teague dished out a season-high 13 assists while adding a team-high 19 points.
Orlando Magic – 98.9 points per game (18th), 101.7 points allowed (23rd), 45.9% shooting (8th)
Atlanta Hawks – 100.8 points per game (12th), 98.2 points allowed (11th), 46.6% shooting (7th)
Orlando Magic (4-9) 11th in Eastern Conference
Arron Afflalo: 21.6 points / Nikola Vucevic: 10.7 rebounds / Jameer Nelson: 6.0 assists / Victor Oladipo: 1.7 steals / Kyle O’Quinn: 1.1 blocks
Atlanta Hawks (8-6) 3rd in Eastern Conference
Jeff Teague: 18.0 points / Al Horford: 8.3 rebounds / Jeff Teague: 8.8 assists / Paul Millsap: 1.7 steals / Al Horford 1.9 blocks
Tip-off begins at 7:30 PM on Fox Sports Florida (Magic) and Fox Sports South (Hawks).