Preview: Atlanta At Orlando

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Saturday, February 25, 2017
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
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ATL Edge in: ORL
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The Atlanta Hawks hope to wash away the bitter taste of a disappointing effort coming out of the All-Star break when they visit the struggling Orlando Magic on Saturday. The Hawks lost for the third time in four games Friday as they shot 38 percent from the field in a 108-90 setback against the red-hot Miami Heat, following a nine-day break.

Atlanta should have point guard and second-leading scorer Dennis Schroder (17.5 points, 6.3 assists) back in the lineup after the 23-year-old German was suspended one game for being late returning from the break. The Magic were quiet on trade deadline day and continued their free fall that night by coughing up a lead in Thursday’s 112-103 defeat against Portland - their sixth loss in seven games. “You’ve got to put together a complete game,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel told reporters. “But in certain situations, you’ve got to step on an opponent when you’ve got him down and you’ve got to make those plays when you’re up. … That’s been a problem with our organization, our franchise, our team.” Terrence Ross, acquired before the All-Star break in a deal for Serge Ibaka, scored 13 in his Magic debut Thursday.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Southeast (Atlanta), FSN Florida (Orlando)

ABOUT THE HAWKS (32-25): Paul Millsap scored 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting Friday while the rest of Atlanta’s starting lineup made just 11-of-36 from the field. Schroder was averaging 20.5 points in the last five games before the break and should provide a boost to a lineup along with forward Ersan Ilyasova, who scored nine points in his debut Friday after being acquired from Philadelphia on Thursday. Former Orlando standout Dwight Howard was held to four points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes against Miami after posting three double-doubles in his previous four games.

ABOUT THE MAGIC (21-38): Leading scorer Evan Fournier (16.8) poured in 20 against Portland - reaching that figure for the fifth time in nine games this month - but is shooting just 27.9 percent from 3-point range in February. Center Nikola Vucevic supplies 14.1 points and a team-best 10 rebounds per game after averaging 18 and 12, respectively, over the past three outings. Ross, who also had five rebounds Thursday, gives Orlando another scoring threat from the outside and former first-round pick guard Mario Hezonja averaged 9.7 point the last three contests.


1. The Hawks have won the last two meetings by a combined 46 points and Howard is shooting 76 percent from the field against his former team in 2016-17.

2. Orlando C Bismack Biyombo scored in double figures just once in his last 10 games and is averaging 5.4 rebounds - almost two below his average - this month.

3. Atlanta F Thabo Sefolosha (groin) returned to the lineup Friday after missing nine games, scoring two points while grabbing four rebounds in 21 minutes.

PREDICTION: Magic 104, Hawks 98

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Atlanta 32-25 L2 16-12 16-13 4-1 28-24 5-7 22-12
Orlando 21-38 L2 9-19 12-19 0-2 21-36 5-6 13-20

Last Meeting

Atlanta Orlando
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/4/17 ORL 86 ATL 113 113 48 52.6 86 33 34.6

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
ATL T. Hardaway Jr. 21 57.1 2
ORL A. Gordon 16 50.0 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
ATL D. Howard 13 4 9
ORL N. Vucevic 7 0 7
Assists Player  
ATL D. Schroder 10
ORL D. Augustin 3
Points Player Total FG% FTM
ATL D. Schroder 1031 45.5 165
ORL E. Fournier 882 44.2 166
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
ATL D. Howard 718 234 484
ORL N. Vucevic 601 133 468
Assists Player  
ATL D. Schroder 379
ORL E. Payton 354

Quickchart Matchup

Atlanta  Off vs  Orlando Def
103.5 Points For
106.2 Points Against
45.4 FG%
46.4 FG%
44.0 Reb
45.2 Reb
Orlando Off vs  Atlanta Def
99.6 Points For
104.3 Points Against
44.0 FG%
44.6 FG%
45.2 Reb
44.3 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Atlanta Overall Orlando
32-25 W/L 21-38
28-29-0 ATS 23-35-1
24-32-1 O/U 27-32-0
103.5 Pts For 99.6
104.3 Pts Against 106.2
Atlanta A/H Orlando
16-13 W/L 9-19
15-14-0 ATS 7-20-1
11-17-1 O/U 11-17-0
101.3 Pts For 97.2
103.0 Pts Against 103.1