The Orlando Magic hope to match their effort from a big win over the San Antonio Spurs as they return home to take on the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland Cavaliers (1-8) vs. Orlando Magic (3-6)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FOX Sports Florida
Line: Magic by 4
Tickets: $10-$1,450 on Vivid Seats
2018 Season Series: Magic 114, Cavaliers 93 in Cleveland on Oct. 21; Cavaliers 131, Magic 127 in Orlando on Jan. 6; Cavaliers 104, Magic 103 in Cleveland on Jan. 18; Magic 116, Cavaliers 98 in Orlando on Feb. 6
2019 Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; March 3 in Cleveland; March 14 in Orlando
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1) The Orlando Magic showed what they can do offensively when their shots are falling in a win over the San Antonio Spurs, Mike Cali of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes. The Magic brought the right attitude and approach to get things clicking, Chris Hays of the Orlando Sentinel writes. The team’s togetherness and grit were keys to the win.
2) Aaron Gordon’s disciplined game and scoring approach were key to the Orlando Magic winning against the San Antonio Spurs and a sign of his maturity, Josh Robbins of The Athletic writes. It has not been a great start to the year for Gordon, Garrett Townsend of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes.
3) The Cleveland Cavaliers are in complete disarray with mixed messages up and down the roster and players wanting out as the team prepares for a hard reset, Joe Vardon of The Athletic writes.
4) The Cleveland Cavaliers are openly admitting they are in a weird place right now following a season-worst loss to the Charlotte Hornets, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
5) Steve Clifford’s biggest task is changing the Orlando Magic’s culture, even if he is still not sold on the scarring the franchise has faced.
6) The Cleveland Cavaliers are going through their own identity crisis and it is a major issue, Eli Mooneyham of King James Gospel writes.
7) Kyle Korver is among the Cleveland Cavaliers’ players who want out of the organization. Korver reportedly requested a trade once it was clear LeBron James was leaving.
8) The Cleveland Cavaliers have to assess the market for J.R. Smith and get as much as they can for him to move on, Dan Gilinsky of King James Gospel writes.
9) Marcus Grey of King James Gospel looks at three Kevin Love trades that could work for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
10) Among the Cleveland Cavaliers’ issues — many of the veteran players do not think Collin Sexton is good enough to make it.