Miami Heat (15-16) vs Orlando Magic (14-17) Live | NBA Basketball on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm in Amway Center.
The Orlando Magic failed to win two solid wins in Mexico City last week and to avoid a three-game losing streak by hosting the Miami Heat on Sunday. The Magic defeated Chicago 97-91 and Utah 96-89 in southbound contests, but San Antonio took them home Wednesday and shot 32.6 percent in a 90-80 draw in the two Chicago races. nights later
“We did not do what we had to do in the attack,” Orlando reporter Aaron Gordon told reporters. “We did not take care of the defense, we just came out, I do not know what we were thinking about, obviously we were not ready to play, and it was a disappointing loss.” The Magic defeated the Heat in each of their first two games this season, including a 104-101 home win in the first game of the season. They will trust top scorer and rebounder Nikola Vucevic against a Miami team that has won four straight victories.
TV: 6 pm Eastern Time, FS Sun (Miami), FS Florida (Orlando)
Miami Heat vs Orlando Magic: News
THE HEAT (15-16):
Richardson maintained or shared the team scoring in each game of the winning streak, while Hassan Whiteside had 42 rebounds in his last three games. Dwyane Wade invented a pair of big baskets on the right and finished with 13 points on the bench on Saturday, while Miami survived despite a shot of 38.2%. Justine Winslow returned after missing Thursday’s win over Houston due to an ankle injury and completing the stats record with eight points, six rebounds, five assists, and two interceptions.
THE MAGIC (14-17):
Gordon, who averaged 23 points in the first two games against Miami this season, only had 28.3% in five games. Vucevic leads with 20.5 points and 12 rebounds (19 in each of the last two games) per game and Evan Fournier has an average of 20 points in his last three games to bring his season record to 15.4. Terrence Ross totaled 8 in 9 and 3 in 3 over a 3-point distance in Utah’s victory on December 15 but has since gone 4-for-22 in both competitions.
Miami Heat vs Orlando Magic: Betting Lines
- Miami G Tyler Johnson was left with seven points of a shot on the sixth Saturday, after averaging 17 points in his last three games.
- Orlando F Jonathon Simmons (ankle) missed the game in Chicago on Friday and is questionable.
- Heat F Derrick Jones Jr. averages 11 points on 16 of 30 shots and 6.8 rebounds in his last four games.
Miami Heat vs Orlando Magic: Prediction
Magic 108, Heat 104