The Magic will be playing this game on the second leg of a back-to-back set after their win against the L.A. Lakers at the Staples Center on Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, Golden State is eager to get Stephen Curry back in the lineup soon. Curry is expected to step on the pedal with a scheduled return as early as this coming weekend. He is averaging an astonishing 29.5 points per game on 51.5 percent shooting from the field. On top of that, he is on a 49.2 percent shooting average from three-point range on 10.5 attempts per contest.
Vucevic & Ross combine to take down Lakers
The Magic moved back to .500 for the season, surprising the L.A. Lakers on the road after a strong defensive effort. Orlando closed the game 108-104 and held LeBron and the Lakers scoreless for the final 2:24 of the match. Meanwhile, Terrence Ross made the clutch layup with 34 seconds left on the clock to help the Magic improve to 10-10 through their first 20 games. Nikola Vucevic also finished strong with 31 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assist to help Magic on offense, while Aaron Gordon put in 17, as Orlando win four of their last six games.
The Magic enter Monday’s matchup scoring 105.4 points per 100 possessions so far this season and allowing 108.4 points per 100 possessions on the defensive end of the court. Concurrently, their -3.1 net rating puts them at the 23rd spot in the league.
Thompson steps up once again
Kevin Durant added 17 points in the fourth quarter to cap his 44-point game, while Klay Thompson put back his own miss in the closing moments to give Warriors the win. Sacramento had their share of opportunities with just over five seconds on the clock, but Hield’s shot was off target and Marvin Bagley III’s tip got stuck between the rim and the backboard, resulting in a jump ball. Thompson ended his stint with 31 points.
Despite all the drama facing the team this year, Golden State enters the week with third-best overall record in the NBA at 14-7 through their first 21 games. The Warriors are scoring a rate of 114.1 points per 100 possessions, while allowing 108.9 points per 100 possessions on the defensive end. A regular sight in the NBA in net rating, the Warriors now come into the matchip tied for fifth in the league with a +5.2 rating.
What to expect?
Both sides are fresh off a win, and the Magic are on top of their game after a comeback victory against the Lakers. The road team has covered the number in seven of the last eight meetings between these two teams. In addition, the Magic are 10-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last 14 trips to Oracle Arena but just 3-7 against the spread against the Warriors overall. While there are questions as to whether the Magic can pull off another upset for the second night, Orlando to cover the spread on Monday night. Be on the lookout for the best NBA odds on our page and start securing your picks.