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San Antonio Spurs vs Orlando Magic: Line-ups, preview and prediction 10/27/17

The Spurs look to go 5-0 on the season with a win in Orlando against a Magic team that have impressed early on.


The San Antonio Spurs will try to maintain their unbeaten start to the season with a strong road win in Orlando. Their last match was a strong 117-100 win against the Miami Heat. LaMarcus Aldridge shone once more with 31 points, while Rudy Gay was a bright spark off the bench, scoring 22.

Orlando have also had an impressive start to their campaign, winning three out of their first four games, including an impressive blowout win against the Cavaliers last Saturday. Their last game was a close win against the Brooklyn Nets in a high-scoring affair. Aaron Gordon dominated with 41 points and 14 boards. Evan Fournier also put up 28 points off 60% shooting from the field. Elfrid Payton could be out again with a hamstring injury, so it’s up to DJ Augustin to lead the point.

Keys to the game

Offense vs defense – The Magic have been one of the top teams offensively this season, and the Spurs one of the best defenses, so it will be interesting to see two strong suits clash.

Rebounding battle – Both teams are also strong rebounders, so this game could be won or lost on which wins the battle of the boards.

Payton’s absence – Orlando have been playing well even without starting point guard Payton, but against a tough defensive lineup like the Spurs his playmaking ability could be a big miss.

Matchup to watch

Aaron Gordon vs LaMarcus Aldridge –  Both players have started the season hot, and will look forward to go head to head in this one.

San Antonio Spurs projected lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray | SG – Danny Green | SF – Kyle Anderson | PF – LaMarcus Aldridge | C – Pau Gasol

Orlando Magic projected lineup

PG – DJ Augustine | SG – Terrence Ross | SF – Evan Fournier | PF – Johnathon Isaac | C – Nikola Vucevic 

Fantasy tip

No one has stopped Aldridge so far, and he’ll have another strong game in this one.

Betting tip

The Spurs are a five-point favorite in this match, and they should be able to cover the spread on account of a strong defensive display.

Prediction

Orlando won’t go down easy, but the Spurs will still win by around six points.

TV info

You can watch on local sports channels or NBA League Pass. Coverage starts at 7pm ET.

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San Antonio Spurs vs Orlando Magic: Line-ups, preview and prediction 10/27/17

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