Orlando puts home win streak on the line against Indiana

Sat, Mar 9, 2024
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Orlando puts home win streak on the line against Indiana

Indiana Pacers (35-29, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (37-27, fifth in the Eastern Conference)

Orlando, Florida; Sunday, 6 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Orlando hosts Indiana looking to extend its four-game home winning streak.

The Magic are 26-16 in conference games. Orlando is eighth in the Eastern Conference with 10.8 offensive rebounds per game led by Wendell Carter Jr. averaging 2.0.

The Pacers are 25-15 in Eastern Conference play. Indiana ranks fourth in the NBA scoring 16.0 fast break points per game. Pascal Siakam leads the Pacers averaging 3.6.

The Magic's 10.9 made 3-pointers per game this season are the same per game average that the Pacers give up. The Pacers are shooting 50.6% from the field, 3.2% higher than the 47.4% the Magic's opponents have shot this season.

The teams meet for the third time this season. The Magic won 117-110 in the last matchup on Dec. 24. Paolo Banchero led the Magic with 34 points, and Tyrese Haliburton led the Pacers with 29 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Banchero is averaging 22.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists for the Magic. Franz Wagner is averaging 16.5 points over the last 10 games.

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Haliburton is scoring 20.8 points per game and averaging 3.8 rebounds for the Pacers. Ben Sheppard is averaging 1.7 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Magic: 8-2, averaging 106.8 points, 41.5 rebounds, 22.6 assists, 8.1 steals and 5.8 blocks per game while shooting 51.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 100.2 points per game.

Pacers: 5-5, averaging 119.1 points, 42.0 rebounds, 30.3 assists, 7.9 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 49.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.5 points.

INJURIES: Magic: Jalen Suggs: out (thigh).

Pacers: Doug McDermott: day to day (calf), Bennedict Mathurin: day to day (shoulder).


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