Heat Host Magic in Florida Showdown
The Miami Heat play host to the Orlando Magic at American Airlines Arena on Tuesday. The Magic (36-38) come into this matchup winning five-straight games, as this is the final push for a playoff berth. In fact, Orlando is now just half a game behind from the team in eighth, who happens to be the Miami Heat. That makes this game as important as ever, with less than 10 games remaining. The recent hot stretch couldn't have come at a better time for Orlando, as a 21-point victory against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday shows just how well they're playing right now. What's really clicking for the Magic right now is their defense, as they currently rank fifth in the NBA in points allowed. As long as that continues, Orlando will remain in contention. The Heat (36-37) are also playing well, as they come into this matchup winning nine of their last 12 games. That run has catapulted them up to the eight-seed in the east, with numerous teams right behind them. Not only are the Magic just half a game behind, the Charlotte Hornets are also just two games behind after a miracle game-winner from Jeremy Lamb on Sunday. Reaching the postseason is all that really matters at this point, as these teams know they have an uphill battle when they get there. Miami plays a similar style to Orlando and they prefer to play a defensive battle. In fact, the Heat rank third in points allowed and 26th in scoring. That means this could be a slow-paced game with a ton of defense on both ends of the floor and it'll definitely be a battle with the winner attaining the final playoff spot for the time being. This is the fourth and final meeting between these teams, with Orlando winning two of three thus far. That gives the Magic seven wins in their last 10 games against the Heat.
Posted on: 3/25/2019 7:35 PM
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