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Magic Vs Nuggets: Predictions

The Magic (12-22) have dropped their last nine games straight as they enter Wednesday’s contest against the Denver Nuggets (20-16). The game takes place in Denver, a notoriously tough city for visiting teams. The Nuggets are currently 11-2 at home and come into this game off of a 112-105 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. The Magic beat the Nuggets in their last meeting on November 2nd, 102-89.

During their last game, however, the Magic had a healthy Glen Davis on the court putting up stellar numbers, 29 points and 10 rebounds. The Magic’s starting guards did not have a great set of performances, with Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson combining for a pitiful 5-22 shooting. Arron Afflalo returns to his old hometown in the midst of the longest losing streak of his entire career. As a team, the Magic have lost 8 of their last 9 games in Denver. The Magic will need to figure out a way to close out late in this game, as most of the losses they have had during this losing streak have come down to the wire. Monday night’s game against the Trailblazers went into overtime after a fantastic three by Jameer. The Magic looked listless in overtime, settling for far too many contested jump shots. It is worth noting that J.J. Redick had a fantastic 29 points and both Jameer and Nik Vucevic posted double-doubles.

The Denver Nuggets have not met expectations so far this season, though many analysts agree that it is due to having the 2nd toughest schedule in the league thus far. Moving forward, the majority of their games will be at home. The Denver Nuggets offense has the 4th fastest pace in the league and they have six players that average double-digit point totals per game. In fact, in most statistical categories the Nuggets look great as a team, but no particular players stands out individually. A big part of this anomaly is that George Karl only plays 3 of his players over 30 minutes per game.

CRYSTAL BALL PREDICTIONS

It is time for the Crystal Ball predictions game, the second contest of the week. 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 Leaderboards page. There have been a few changes made to the scoring system, so please take note of those. This is the first meeting of the season, so there will be no boxscore to 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 Nuggets 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 assists? Correctly guessing the player will give you one point and if you can guess the exact amount of assists he nets, that will be an extra 3 points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of assists, then all of those players are eligible.
  5. Which player will lead the game in free throw attempts? Correctly guessing the player will give you two points and if you can guess the exact amount of attempts that player will take , that will be worth an extra 3 points. If multiple players tie for the highest amount of free throw attempts, then all of those players are eligible.

 

Denver Nuggets
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Danilo Gallinari, SF 35 5-14 2-9 11-14 2 6 8 4 1 1 1 2 -3 23
Kenneth Faried, SF 20 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 0 0 1 0 0 -14 2
Kosta Koufos, C 27 3-6 0-0 1-3 3 3 6 1 1 1 1 4 +8 7
Ty Lawson, PG 38 6-15 0-3 0-0 1 1 2 7 0 0 3 2 -13 12
Andre Iguodala, SG 36 3-10 1-2 2-2 1 7 8 5 1 1 3 2 -10 9
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Corey Brewer, SF 24 3-9 2-6 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 1 2 -11 8
Jordan Hamilton, SF 3 1-2 0-0 2-4 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 +4 4
JaVale McGee, C 11 2-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 2 -9 4
Andre Miller, PG 21 5-8 1-1 0-0 2 1 3 4 0 0 1 1 -10 11
Wilson Chandler, SG 19 3-10 1-3 2-4 2 4 6 0 0 0 2 2 -4 9
Evan Fournier, SG 7 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0
Anthony Randolph, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION
Quincy Miller, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
32-84 7-26 18-27 15 30 45 22 5 5 14 17 89
38.1% 26.9% 66.7%
Fast break points:   8
Points in the paint:   36
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   14 (14)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.
 Orlando Magic
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Glen Davis, PF 34 13-25 0-0 3-5 4 6 10 0 0 2 1 3 +17 29
Hedo Turkoglu, SF 17 3-4 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 3 -2 6
Nikola Vucevic, C 16 3-6 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 2 1 4 -5 6
Jameer Nelson, PG 35 2-9 1-4 4-4 0 4 4 7 1 0 2 2 +2 9
Arron Afflalo, SG 32 3-13 0-3 1-2 0 6 6 2 1 1 1 1 +2 7
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Andrew Nicholson, PF 11 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 1 0 1 1 3 -1 2
Kyle O’Quinn, PF 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 -4 0
Josh McRoberts, PF 27 4-4 0-0 1-2 1 6 7 3 2 1 3 4 +25 9
Ish Smith, PG 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 +3 0
J.J. Redick, SG 35 7-11 3-4 4-5 0 4 4 6 1 0 0 1 +10 21
E’Twaun Moore, SG 25 6-10 1-3 0-0 2 3 5 3 0 1 1 2 +18 13
Gustavo Ayon, PF DNP SPRAINED LEFT THUMB
Moe Harkless, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
42-86 5-15 13-18 11 35 46 24 8 8 11 24 102
48.8% 33.3% 72.2%
Fast break points:   15
Points in the paint:   60
Total Team Turnovers (Points off turnovers):   13 (16)

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