Magic vs Bucks: Predictions

Tonight’s version of the Crystal Ball predictions contest will not be preceded by an article about the game. At the moment, I am working hard towards the goal of launching my new site on this upcoming Monday! I apologize for the inconvenience, but know that your scores in tonight’s contest will still be tallied and the weekly winner will be announced tomorrow. Also, all of the previous Crystal Ball leaderboards will still be available on the new site.

It is time for the Crystal Ball predictions game, the fourth and final contest of Week 6! Remember, the winner is chosen by cumulative POINTS at the end of the week, not by games won. All results will be posted to the Crystal Ball Leaderboard page. This is the first game of the season between these two teams, so no boxscore will be available as a reference. It is important to note that Jameer Nelson will likely be out with a forearm contusion, as well as Glen Davis with a broken foot. Afflalo is considered a game time decision with his strained left calf. Good luck!

  1. How many points will the Magic score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  2. How many points will the Bucks score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  3. Which player will lead the game in scoring? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount he will score, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of points, then all of those players are eligible.
  4. Which player will lead the game in rebounding? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of boards he will snag, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of rebounds, then all of those players are eligible.
  5. Which player will lead the game in blocks? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of blocks he will net, that will be worth an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of blocks, then all of those players are eligible.

Magic vs Celtics: Game Predictions

Tonight’s game should be a tough one to predict, as the Boston Celtics (22-23) are without point guard Rajon Rondo and the Orlando Magic (14-31) are without Glen Davis and possibly Arron Afflalo. Rondo is out for the season with an ACL tear, which comes as terrible news to a team that already had the 4th-worst offense in the league. They currently hold the 8th seed in the East, with 3 games separating them from the 9th place Philadelphia 76ers. The Magic are well out of position for a playoff spot, so the loss of any veteran players just opens up spots in the rotation for younger guys to get valuable development time on the court.

The Magic have lost their last four games on the road by an average of 20 points. They have been getting decent, if not consistent, offensive output from Jameer Nelson, Nikola Vucevic, and J.J. Redick, but the buck stops there. Afflalo has been out with a strained left calf for the last two games. Maurice Harkless had his best game of the season last game and is proving to be a pretty decent option as the starting small forward. The extra minutes he’s been given should be fantastic for his development. Andrew Nicholson, on the other hand, has been given inconsistent minutes. With the injury to Glen “Big Baby” Davis, it is safe to say that Nicholson will be a much bigger part of the Magic’s rotation for the remainder of the season.

The Boston Celtics always seem to struggle at this point in the season. However, they have managed to surge in the post-All Star break for the last few years and I’m sure that fans in Boston are hoping that happens. A lot of people are speculating that the Celtics may abandon this season and their core by blowing up the roster in the wake of the Rondo injury. They will be hard pressed to hold their playoff spot without their floor general, especially with the (supposed) return of Andrew Bynum to the 76ers in a few weeks. As always, the NBA becomes really hard to predict this time of year because the landscape could change drastically as we approach the February 21st trade deadline.

It is time for the Crystal Ball predictions game, the third contest of Week 6! Remember, the winner is chosen by cumulative POINTS at the end of the week, not by games won. All results will be posted to the Crystal Ball Leaderboard page. This is the second game of the season between these two teams, so their most recent boxscores will be available below as a reference. Good luck!

  1. How many points will the Magic score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  2. How many points will the Celtics score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  3. Which player will lead the game in scoring? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount he will score, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of points, then all of those players are eligible.
  4. Which player will lead the game in rebounding? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of boards he will snag, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of rebounds, then all of those players are eligible.
  5. Which player will lead the game in steals and blocks combined? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of blocks and steals he will accumulate, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of blocks and steals, then all of those players are eligible. For example, if you chose Kevin Garnett with 3 blocks and 2 steals you could just write (KG – 5).

BOSTON CELTICS (22-23)

                                   FIELD GOALS                          REBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
P. Pierce F 36:54 8-17 3-5 4-4 +4 0 5 5 1 2 0 3 0 0 23
B. Bass F 35:20 5-14 0-0 3-4 +11 5 7 12 2 3 1 2 0 3 13
K. Garnett C-F 35:34 10-17 0-1 4-5 +10 3 7 10 1 1 2 3 0 1 24
J. Terry G 27:26 2-6 1-4 0-0 +16 0 2 2 3 1 3 3 0 0 5
R. Rondo G 42:27 7-15 0-1 1-2 +9 1 8 9 16 4 2 1 0 0 15
C. Wilcox 12:55 2-3 0-0 0-0 -2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
C. Lee 24:21 2-4 1-1 0-0 -6 1 1 2 1 3 1 0 1 0 5
J. Sullinger 19:25 5-12 0-0 1-1 -6 6 0 6 1 4 0 0 0 2 11
J. Green 20:05 0-9 0-3 1-2 -3 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 1
L. Barbosa 10:33 6-8 2-3 1-1 -3 0 1 1 0 4 0 2 0 0 15
A. Bradley DNP – COACH’S DECISION
J. Collins DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Totals 265 47-105 7-18 15-19 17 34 51 26 22 9 15 2 8 116
44.8% 38.9% 78.9% TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15

ORLANDO MAGIC (14-31)

                                        FIELD GOALS                   REBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
M. Harkless F 14:37 2-3 1-1 0-0 -9 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 5
G. Davis F-C 39:46 3-12 0-1 9-10 +3 1 6 7 3 3 3 1 0 0 15
N. Vucevic C 16:53 3-4 0-0 0-0 -8 0 3 3 1 2 1 1 1 0 6
A. Afflalo G-F 43:29 7-19 1-5 0-0 -7 1 1 2 7 2 2 1 2 0 15
J. Nelson G 34:48 8-17 3-8 1-1 -7 1 4 5 2 6 1 5 1 1 20
J. McRoberts 32:42 2-9 1-2 2-2 +4 5 9 14 2 2 0 2 3 1 7
A. Nicholson 15:05 4-6 0-0 0-0 -9 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 8
G. Ayon 15:46 2-3 0-0 1-2 +1 2 3 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 5
J. Redick 33:42 8-13 3-6 2-2 +1 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 21
E. Moore 18:12 2-4 2-3 2-2 +1 0 1 1 2 0 1 4 0 0 8
D. Jones DNP – COACH’S DECISION
K. O’Quinn DNP – COACH’S DECISION
I. Smith DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Totals 265 41-90 11-26 17-19 10 32 42 20 19 9 18 8 2 110

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Magic vs Knicks: Predictions

The New York Knicks (27-15) will host the Orlando Magic (14-30) at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. EST tonight. The Knicks won the first two meetings of the season, but needed big fourth quarters to pull it off. The Magic, after having lost 17 of their last 19, have proven that they can’t close a game at all. Interesting stat: the Magic’s point differential is +.84, good for 9th in the NBA. They have the fourth-worst record in the league, but the 9th best point differential. The New York Knicks have a -.12, good for 18th best in the NBA. However, they have the 6th best record in the league.

Looking at this Orlando Magic roster, there is definitely nobody that could be called upon at this point in their career to help carry a team through tough 4th quarters. J.J. can do it occasionally, but if teams can shut him down as he curls around perimeter screens, then he is limited in his offensive output (like he was last game when he shot 2-13 from the field). Jameer used to be that guy, and to his credit he is having a solid season, but he can’t come out and drop 14 points in the 4th quarter consistently. Arron Afflalo tries to play some hero ball, but he just doesn’t possess the finishing skills to take on double-teams with anything resembling efficiency. The Magic will need to continue moving the ball in the 4th quarter and accept their iso-weak offense. They need to push the ball in transition and if nothing opens up immediately, then start running plays through the half-court offense.

People like to talk about how the New York Knicks have cooled down since the beginning of the year, as though they’re just an afterthought now. Well, they did cool off a little bit, but they are still easily the second best team in the East right now. They have some defensive weaknesses, but their NBA third-best offense makes up for that. Jason Kidd, who was out with a sore back, has been reported probable for tonight’s game. He is a big part of the reason why the Knicks post the least amount of turnovers in the NBA as a team. The thing that makes the Knicks most dangerous is that despite taking the third most three-point shots in the NBA, they manage to convert at the third-highest percentage. This is a result of defenses collapsing on the Tyson Chandler pick and rolls, which have been extremely deadly this year.

It is time for the Crystal Ball predictions game, the second contest of Week 6! Remember, the winner is chosen by cumulative POINTS at the end of the week, not by games won. All results will be posted to the Crystal Ball Leaderboard page. This is the third game of the season between these two teams, so their most recent boxscores will be available below as a reference. Good luck!

  1. How many points will the Magic score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  2. How many points will the Nets score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  3. Which player will lead the game in scoring? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount he will score, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of points, then all of those players are eligible.
  4. Which player will lead the game in rebounding? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of boards he will snag, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of rebounds, then all of those players are eligible.
  5. Which player will lead the game in three-point ATTEMPTS? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of three-point shots he takes, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of three-point attempts, then all of those players are eligible.
NEW YORK KNICKS (24-13)
                                       FIELD GOALS                          REBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
C. Anthony F 45:01 14-29 4-9 8-9 +7 2 4 6 6 3 1 1 0 0 40
M. Camby C 13:05 1-1 0-0 0-0 -15 0 1 1 4 1 0 2 0 0 2
T. Chandler C 36:29 6-6 0-0 2-4 +14 5 7 12 2 1 0 1 1 0 14
R. Brewer F 16:34 1-4 0-2 0-0 -15 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
J. Kidd G 34:50 5-10 5-8 0-0 +12 0 8 8 7 5 2 1 0 0 15
J.R. Smith 31:19 8-18 0-4 2-3 +20 0 6 6 2 5 2 0 0 0 18
A. Stoudemire 16:57 3-7 0-0 5-5 0 2 2 4 1 2 0 2 0 2 11
P. Prigioni 13:33 2-6 1-3 0-0 -6 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 5
C. Copeland 04:08 0-1 0-1 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
S. Novak 28:04 2-6 2-6 1-1 +26 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
K. Thomas DNP – COACH’S DECISION
R. Wallace DND – SORE LEFT FOOT
J. White DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Totals 240 42-88 12-33 18-22 9 31 40 24 19 7 8 1 4 114
47.7% 36.4% 81.8% TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 8
ORLANDO MAGIC (14-24)
                                     FIELD GOALS                         REBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
D. Jones G-F 24:05 4-8 0-2 0-1 +13 1 5 6 1 3 0 0 0 0 8
A. Nicholson F 13:46 5-6 0-0 1-1 +14 0 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 11
N. Vucevic C 36:38 5-12 0-0 1-1 -1 6 12 18 2 4 1 2 1 0 11
A. Afflalo G-F 38:13 10-14 2-3 7-9 +6 0 1 1 4 2 0 3 0 0 29
J. Nelson G 40:06 10-20 5-9 4-4 -8 0 3 3 8 4 1 3 1 0 29
J. McRoberts 29:59 1-5 0-0 0-0 -18 5 5 10 5 4 0 1 0 1 2
H. Turkoglu 18:11 0-5 0-2 1-2 -13 0 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 1
J. Redick 27:38 3-10 3-9 0-0 -27 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 9
I. Smith 04:24 2-4 0-1 0-0 +3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
M. Harkless 07:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 -9 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 2
G. Ayon DND – RIGHT THIGH CONTUSION
E. Moore DND – SPRAINED LEFT ELBOW
K. O’Quinn DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Totals 240 41-85 10-26 14-18 12 33 45 23 19 5 13 4 1 106
48.2% 38.5% 77.8% TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14

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Rumor Has It: A Look at Possible Orlando Magic Trades

With the February 21st trade deadline looming, rumors are flying around the NBA. Will Rudy Gay be traded? Will the Celtics look to add a point guard to replace injured star, Rajon Rondo? In regards to the Orlando Magic, one name keeps surfacing: J.J. Redick. Currently in his 7th season in the NBA, J.J. Redick has improved every year and has become an exceptional perimeter threat. Many teams that are looking for an extra scoring guard will be targeting J.J. before the trade deadline. Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan has made it clear that he is looking to acquire rookie contracts and draft picks if any such trade were to go down. With that in mind, here are some trade scenarios that have been designed around current rumors and needs.

Three-way trade between Magic, Raptors, and Grizzlies

Orlando receives: Rookie Terrence Ross from the Raptors, Rookie Tony Wroten from the Grizzlies, and Toronto Raptors 2015 1st round draft pick

Raptors receive: Rudy Gay, Hamed Haddadi and Ishmael Smith

Grizzlies receive: J.J. Redick, Jose Calderon, Amir Johnson, a 2013 2nd round pick from the Raptors, and a 2014 2nd round pick from the Magic

Here is why this trade makes sense for all three teams. Every report we are hearing about the Grizzlies is that they want to trade Rudy Gay for salary tax reasons. This trade allows them to receive expiring contracts for future flexibility while adding a backup PG, SG, and Amir Johnson (whom they reportedly have an interest in). The Raptors would be able to add a go-to scorer marquee player like Rudy Gay. They could move forward with the trio of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and Rudy Gay. The Magic would be cash in J.J.’s expiring contract for two rookies and a future draft pick. If you are saying to yourself, Rudy Gay is way better than all that…he is. Unfortunately, the Grizzlies ownership will not be able to afford the massive tax blows they’ll incur with Gay, Randolph, Conley and Gasol over the next few years.

Trade Between Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic

Orlando receives: Derrick Williams

Minnesota receives: J.J. Redick

This trade has been floating around for a couple of months and kind of makes sense for both teams. J.J. Redick would bolster the weakest position for the Timberwolves and Derrick Williams is very expendable when Kevin Love is healthy. For the Magic, they get a very intriguing prospect in Derrick Williams. The second year player hasn’t had a chance to really prove himself at the professional level, but has the skillset to be a fantastic player. Of course, the Magic frontcourt is already teeming with players, which is why this isn’t my favorite scenario.

Three-way trade between Magic, Bulls, and Celtics

Orlando receives: Avery Bradley, Marquis Teague, and Jason Collins

Chicago receives: Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa

Boston receives: J.J. Redick, Kirk Hinrich, and Nazr Mohammad

This is perfect for Orlando because they get Avery Bradley who is a proven second year player that looks to be one of the better perimeter defenders in the near future. Marquis Teague is one of the players that Orlando Magic fans thought the Magic should have drafted and gives the Magic a young point guard for the future. Jason Collins is just a throw-in, one year contract. Chicago receives two shooting guards that have both played point guard at some point during their careers. Chicago’s biggest weakness over the last few years (minus Derick Rose’s ACL) has been their two guard position. This would give them two explosive shooting guards, plus one of them could transition to point guard until Rose comes back. Boston gets the three things that they need: a point guard in Hinrich, J.J. Redick (whom they reportedly covet), and a big man in Nazr Mohammad. This trade is contingent upon whether or not Boston decides to move forward with their current roster or blow it up.

These are a few trade scenarios, but there are a million possibilities (especially with the ESPN trade machine. I’d love to hear some suggestions from the readers, so leave your trade scenarios in the comments section below! A good reference for Magic fans when compiling trade possibilities is this article about the Magic’s future flexibility.

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Nets Trounce Magic 99-77

The Brooklyn Nets (27-18) had their way with the Orlando Magic (14-30) in just about every aspect of last night’s game. The final score was 97-77, but you got the feeling that the gap would have been even bigger if the Nets hadn’t gone third-string for much of the final quarter. It was clear that these were two teams heading in opposite directions.

The Magic are heading towards the lottery. They currently boast the 4th-worst record in the league, but of the three teams below them only Charlotte looks worse. Washington has been playing much better since the return of John Wall and the Cavaliers just added a little frontcourt depth to shore up the hole left by Anderson Varejao’s injury. The Magic have a really good shot at grabbing a top-tier pick in this upcoming draft. Click here to see the Magic’s upcoming picks that they have acquired through various trades.

In this game against the Nets, the Magic were without guard Arron Afflalo, who was suffering from a sore calf. The injury is not serious, but it was clear how much the Magic offense suffered without him. Between the four guards that saw floor-time for the Magic, they shot a measly 5 of 28 from the field. It didn’t help that the Magic failed to get to the freethrow line in the first half. This has been their offensive Achilles heal. There were some positives to take from this game. Rookie Mo Harkless had his best game of the season with 16 points on 7-10 shooting. Pepper in a few steals, rebounds, and assists and you can see where the NBA’s third youngest player has some serious upside.

The New Jersey Nets have shaken off their December funk in the wake of the firing of head coach Avery Johnson. Interim head coach, P.J. Carlesimo, has done a great job of refocusing this group. Deron Williams is finally starting to look like the All Star point guard he has been in the past. Brook Lopez is consistently proving that he was the biggest All Star snub in the East. Last night, Reggie Evans showed why he is one of the most under-valued energy players in this league. He is an incredible rebounder who is in “beast-mode” every second that he is on the court. The Nets have a shot at doing well in the post-season if they can continue to build chemistry.

The Orlando Magic will play New York’s other team (or primary team, depending on whom you ask) on Wednesday night. Congratulations to Pacman, Slim, and Timothy Williams for tying for first in Monday’s Crystal Ball predictions contest! Stay tuned for the next installment against the New York Knicks.

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Magic vs Nets: Predictions

The Orlando Magic (14-29) head into tonight’s game after having lost 5 straight and with 5 road games looming ahead of them. The Brooklyn Nets (26-18) have been dominant throughout January, but have lost their last two games in a row. The Nets are 4th in the East, while the Magic have the 4th-worst record in the league after last night. When the Nets and Magic square off at the Barclays Center at 7:30 p.m. EST tonight, the Nets will look to sweep the Magic in their season series.

J.J. Redick was on fire last night. He tied a franchise record for 5 3-pointers in the first quarter alone, totaling 31 points with 8 3-pointers by the end of the game. Nik Vucevic and Glen Davis both had phenomenal double-doubles. Vuc had 12 points and 17 rebounds while Davis had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Jameer was also fantastic, with 18 points/8 assists/6 rebounds. Everyone other than Afflalo had a really solid offensive night, but anyone that watched the game (or any other game this month) could tell you that the Magic just can’t get stops. The squad just doesn’t make the right switches on defense, so any team that makes the extra pass can find somebody open on any play. It isn’t specifically transition defense or half-court. The Magic just can’t rotate efficiently to close out on every player on any given play. The Nets will exploit deficiency tonight, so the Magic will need to shore up their rotations to make sure they don’t get obliterated.

Deron Williams was playing so badly in December that head coach Avery Johnson was let go. You heard the typical whining from Williams about the offensive system not being tailored to his style of play, like the way the Jazz offense had been (which is ironic since he got Jerry Sloan fired, too). However, this month he has been playing like the Deron Williams of old. Over the last month he is averaging 18 points/8 assists on 43% shooting, with 1.2 steals and only 2 turnovers per game. He is shooting over 93% from the charity stripe and is conducting the offense beautifully. Brook Lopez was arguably the biggest snub in the All Star game; the biggest snub in the East, in my opinion. Everybody knows he can score, but he has increased his rebounds per game to 8 and is averaging 2.2 blocks per game, good for 6th best. All of that gives him the 4th highest PER in the league, and the highest among any center. Top to bottom, the Nets are one of the most dangerous teams in the league.

It is time for the Crystal Ball predictions game, the first contest of Week 6! Remember, the winner is chosen by cumulative POINTS at the end of the week, not by games won. All results will be posted to the Crystal Ball Leaderboard page. This is the fourth and final game of the season between these two teams, so their most recent boxscores will be available below as a reference. Good luck!

  1. How many points will the Magic score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  2. How many points will the Nets score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  3. Which player will lead the game in scoring? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount he will score, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of points, then all of those players are eligible.
  4. Which player will lead the game in rebounding? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of boards he will snag, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of rebounds, then all of those players are eligible.
  5. Which player will lead the game in assists? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of times he dimes, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of assists, then all of those players are eligible.

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Magic vs Pistons: Predictions

The Orlando Magic (14-28) can’t seem to catch a break. They are currently on a league-worst streak since December 21st; 2 wins to 15 losses. Over the last 13 games they have allowed 108 points per game, which is a full 9 points above their season average. Tonight, against the Detroit Pistons (16-27), the Magic will look to break their streak of 8 straight losses against losing teams.The Pistons beat the Magic 105-90 this past Tuesday behind double-doubles from power forwards Jason Maxiell and rookie Andre Drummond. They led the Pistons to a 54-41 rebounding advantage over the Magic.

Orlando fans haven’t had much to be excited about recently (except the prospect of getting a good draft pick). Trade rumors are running amok and the Magic are in their worst stretch in almost a decade. The Magic have still yet to see Al Harrington in action and its becoming clear that pre-season expectations were justifiable. If the Magic want to show that they still have a little bit of fire left in them, they’ll need to start taking some games against sub.500 teams like the Pistons. The key tonight is stopping the Pistons big men from dominating the paint. Nikola Vucevic, Andrew Nicholson and Glen Davis will have to find a way to out-rebound Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, and Jason Maxiell. On offense, the Magic will need to find a way to collapse the perimeter defense by slashing to the basket. That has been a consistent problem all season, even contributing to the Magic being on pace to set an NBA-record for least per game trips to the charity stripe over the course of a season.

The Detroit Pistons may be playing better than the Magic right now, but they aren’t exactly surging. They are 5-5 over their last 10 games, which has included some tough games against the Knicks, Bulls, and Heat. They are looking to repeat the game plan from last Tuesday, where they just destroyed the Magic inside. This eventually led to open looks on the perimeter, which they made at an alarming clip. Six different players were able to contribute with double-digit scoring last game because of all of the second-chance points. It should be an interesting offensive night for the Pistons, who hold the distinction of having the most turnovers per game in the league, while the Magic are the league’s worst team at forcing turnovers. Exciting stuff.

It is time for the Crystal Ball predictions game, the final contest of Week 5! Remember, the winner is chosen by cumulative POINTS at the end of the week, not by games won. All results will be posted to the Crystal Ball Leaderboard page. This is the  final game of the season between these two teams, so their most recent boxscores will be available below as a reference. Good luck!

  1. How many points will the Magic score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  2. How many points will the Pistons score? A correct response will be worth three points. If you guess the winner correctly, regardless of the score, it is worth an additional point.
  3. Which player will lead the game in scoring? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount he will score, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of points, then all of those players are eligible.
  4. Which player will lead the game in rebounding? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of boards he will snag, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of rebounds, then all of those players are eligible.
  5. Which player will lead the game in three-pointers made? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of treys he will net, that will be an extra three points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of three-pointers made, then all of those players are eligible.
ORLANDO MAGIC (14-27)
                                      FIELD GOALS                        REBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
A. Afflalo G-F 37:43 0-4 0-1 0-0 -17 0 9 9 5 2 1 0 0 0 0
G. Davis F-C 23:15 4-16 0-0 3-4 -12 0 3 3 1 1 0 1 0 2 11
N. Vucevic C 28:20 5-10 0-0 0-0 +1 0 9 9 1 3 0 0 1 0 10
J. Redick G 37:16 9-10 5-6 3-4 -2 0 2 2 3 1 0 2 0 0 26
J. Nelson G 33:29 6-18 2-10 0-0 -4 0 3 3 9 3 1 2 0 1 14
A. Nicholson 11:22 3-5 0-0 0-0 -3 1 2 3 0 4 0 1 1 0 6
M. Harkless 14:31 2-3 0-0 0-0 -11 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 4
E. Moore 19:33 4-7 1-2 0-0 -12 2 3 5 2 2 1 4 0 0 9
J. McRoberts 09:34 0-3 0-1 0-0 -13 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
G. Ayon 09:47 4-4 0-0 0-0 -10 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0 0 8
I. Smith 06:58 0-1 0-0 0-0 +2 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
D. Jones 04:06 0-0 0-0 0-0 +3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. O’Quinn 04:06 1-3 0-0 0-0 +3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Totals 240 38-84 8-20 6-8 6 35 41 27 20 4 13 2 5 90
45.2% 40.0% 75.0% TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 13
DETROIT PISTONS (16-25)
                                        FIELD GOALS                         REBOUNDS
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
T. Prince F 25:17 2-6 0-1 2-3 +18 0 3 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 6
J. Maxiell F 22:50 3-8 0-0 5-5 +12 5 6 11 1 0 0 1 1 0 11
G. Monroe C 28:51 6-12 0-0 4-6 +6 1 5 6 2 1 1 0 0 1 16
K. Singler F 32:53 3-4 0-1 0-0 0 3 4 7 1 3 1 0 0 0 6
B. Knight G 33:01 7-17 3-7 1-2 +8 1 3 4 5 2 3 4 0 1 18
A. Drummond 23:58 5-7 0-0 1-4 +13 3 8 11 0 4 2 1 2 0 11
R. Stuckey 24:56 6-13 2-5 0-0 +18 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 14
W. Bynum 25:36 7-14 0-1 1-1 +6 2 2 4 6 2 0 1 1 0 15
C. Villanueva 13:23 2-6 2-5 0-0 +1 0 6 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 6
A. Daye 05:39 0-2 0-2 0-0 -4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. English 03:36 1-2 0-1 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
J. Jerebko DNP – COACH’S DECISION
C. Maggette DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Totals 240 42-91 7-23 14-21 16 38 54 23 13 8 8 5 2 105
46.2% 30.4% 66.7% TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 8

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2012-2013 Fantasy Basketball Quarterly

The NBA season is officially over the hill. All-Stars have been chosen and fantasy owners are beginning to reap the rewards for their pre-season research. For all of the fantasy basketball owners that didn’t end up with a top 2 pick, we are hoping that our calculated decisions proved to be shrewd. So, without further ado, here is your:

First Half Fantasy Basketball Breakdown

League Leaders In Major Stat Categories (Players that have missed significant time are excluded)

  • PPG – Kevin Durant with 29.6
  • RBS – Dwight Howard with 12
  • AST- Rajon Rondo with 11.1apg
  • STL – Chris Paul with 2.6spg
  • BLK – Larry Sanders with 3.2bpg
  • 3PT (total) – Ryan Anderson with 127
  • TO (total) – James Harden with 166
  • Techs (total) –  Blake Griffin, DeMarcus Cousins, and Matt Barnes with 9 apiece

Positional Leaders (most common position)

  • PG MVP – Russell Westbrook – 22.7 ppg/8.1 ast/5.3 rbg/1.9 stl/3.5 TO
  • PG Honorable Mention – Chris Paul – 16.6 ppg/9.7 ast/3.5 rbg/2.6 stl/2.2 TO
  • SG MVP – Kobe Bryant – 29.2 ppg/4.8 rbg/4.7 apg/1.4 spg/3.4 TO
  • SG Honorable Mention – James Harden – 25.8 ppg/4.5 rbg/5.4 apg/3.9 spg/4 TO
  • SF Honorable Mention – Kevin Durant – 29.6 ppg/7.4 rbg/4.4 apg/1.6 spg/3.3 TO
  • SF MVP – Lebron James – 26.4 ppg/8.2 rbg/7.1 apg/1.6 stl/2.8 TO
  • PF MVP – Carmelo Anthony – 29.1 ppg/6.1 rbg/2.6 apg/.9 spg/2.5 TO
  • PF Honorable Mention – David Lee – 19.6 ppg/10.8 rbg/ 3.7 apg/ .9 spg/ 2.7 TO
  • C MVP – Tim Duncan – 17.5 ppg/ 9.8 rbg/ 2.7 bpg/ 2 TO
  • C Honorable Mention – Brook Lopez – 18.6 ppg/7.4 rbg/ 2.1 bpg/ 1.7 TO

Notes: This is a follow-up article to 2012-2013 Fantasy Basketball Quarterly, 1st quarter, which is a good reference for examining the growth and decline of some of the players so far this season. Rondo, Paul, Larry Sanders, and Ryan Anderson all won their respective categories last quarter, as well. I felt like Russel Westbrook’s stats were slightly more advantageous across the boards, plus he has never missed a game (dating back through college and high school, as well). The KD vs Lebron argument takes place at the end of the article. When people talk about how Dwight’s production has dropped off, it is relative to the statistical behemoth that he is. He has played well below the standard he had set in previous seasons, but is still only trailing the injured pair of Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love in rebounding. One of my favorite stat leaders is Larry Sanders, who is destroying the league leaders in blocks right now. He manages 3.2 blocks in just 25 minutes per game to go along with over 8 points/8 rebounds. Worth noting, Ryan Anderson is actually just behind Steph Curry in 3pg, but I went with total, because Anderson shouldn’t be penalized for not missing as many games as Steph Curry.

Awards

  • Rookie Leader – Damian Lillard. The first year player out of Weber State was thrust into the starting role upon being drafted 6th overall this past summer by the Portland Trailblazers. He has responded by putting up 18.3 ppg/3.5 rpg/6.6 apg. Most people thought Anthony Davis would be the undisputed Rookie of the Year, but Lillard has been transcendent this season.
  • Most Improved- There are a lot of other players that this could go to, but nobody deserves it as much as James Harden. As you saw above, he is the runner-up for best shooting guard in the league (statistically) and his expanded role after being traded to the Houston Rockets allowed him to flourish. A couple of honorable mentions go out to Nikola Vucevic and Jrue Holiday.
  • Least Improved – Roy Hibbert. Hibbert has been a beast on defense, but almost every other category has shown a regression this season. He is putting up a paltry 9.7 points per game and barely scratching 8 rebounds per game. For the absurd amount of money he is making, it has been an extremely disappointing season for Roy Hibbert.
  • MVP – Kevin Durant. He and Lebron’s numbers were very interchangeable, and from the line I posted above it is arguable that Lebron would be the winner. However, Durant had the edge in my book because of his free throw percentage, three-pointers made/percentage, and block differential over Lebron. Particularly with the free throws, because Durant is almost shooting 20% better from the charity stripe. I may be a little bias, so if you disagree let me know.

Leave your comments below and let me know what you would have changed or what award categories you think might be a good addition for the Third Quarter Fantasy Basketball Breakdown!

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DeMar DeRozan Buzzer-Beater Drops Magic to 4th-Worst Record

It seemed as though last night’s game was about to enter overtime, until DeMar DeRozan hit a cold-blooded, 22-foot fadeaway jumper to beat the buzzer. The Orlando Magic (14-28) trailed the Toronto Raptors (16-27) for most of the game, but were able to finally take the lead with 5:25 left in the 4th quarter after a layup by Jameer Nelson. The Magic relinquished the lead and were down by 4 with just under a minute to go. J.J. Redick was able to draw a foul from rookie Terrence Ross to complete a 4-point play. Unfortunately for the Magic, DeRozan was scorching hot throughout the entire 4th quarter, with 14 of his 22 points coming in the final 12 minutes.

Nikola Vucevic had another eye-opening game, with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Jameer Nelson continues to play well on offense, notching a very impressive 14 points/11 assists/7 rebounds. He and the other Orlando guards did not shoot efficiently, unfortunately. Jameer, J.J., Afflalo, and E’Twaun only shot 17/47 from the floor. This is the Orlando Magic’s 8th straight loss against sub.500 teams.

DeMar Derozan had an incredibly clutch fourth quarter and the Raptors definitely owe him for the win. They did have some other contributors in this one, most notably Amir Johnson with 21 points/10 rebounds/ 3 blocks. Johnson has averaged 17 points and 9.1 rebounds in 7 starts this season. Nobody else had a spectacular game, especially Kyle Lowry with a paltry 3 points in over 20 minutes, but every Raptor player had a serviceable game.

Congratulations to Justin Ecker for winning last night’s Crystal Ball predictions contest! You can check the leaderboards here, where they are updated daily. Stay tuned for the last matchup of the week on Sunday, when the Magic take on the Detroit Pistons.

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