The NBA Trade Deadline and All-Star Weekend have come and gone, so that means we’re in the home stretch of the 2019-20 NBA season. In this serious post-All-Star Break, we’ll go over the outlook for every team in the NBA. Here, we’ll provide a short glimpse at championship odds and playoff chances for each team. Also highlighted are key injuries to note and a fantasy basketball player to watch the rest of the season.
Where do the Orlando Magic stand at the All-Star Break?
Playoff Chances: 97.2%
Championship Odds: +25000
Division Odds: +2500
Conference Championship winner: +10000
Orlando will probably make the playoffs as a seven or eight seed, and it’s hard to see them making it out of the first round. The Magic managed to steal Game 1 from the Toronto Raptors in the postseason last year, and it’s hard to see them doing much more this time around. Injuries to key players have limited their ceiling as of late, but they’ve managed to stay afloat.
Orlando doesn’t have a good shot at winning the Southeast Division with the Miami Heat playing the way they are, but the Magic are definitely a playoff team when healthy. The Washington Wizards are looking to come on strong though, and the Chicago Bulls aren’t far behind them. The Magic are more well equipped to come out on top though because of their well-rounded nature.
Prediction: Magic should finish as the No. 7 or 8 seed.
Key Injuries for Orlando Magic
Augustin’s knee injury has depleted Orlando’s depth at point guard while Isaac, a budding 22-year-old wing, is expected to miss at least another month recovering from a serious knee sprain and bone contusion. Aminu hasn’t played since November and there’s no clear timetable for his return from the meniscus surgery he underwent in January. Getting these three players back after the All-Star break would raise the ceiling of the team significantly.
Fantasy basketball spotlight: Markelle Fultz
Markelle Fultz assumed a starting role early in the year and has gotten plenty of opportunities to grow with Augustin out. His averages of 11.9 points, 5.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game don’t pop, but he’s had some impressive standout performances that showcase his potential. One example is the triple-double he notched in January to top the Los Angeles Lakers in the Staples Center.
It’s hard to gauge when Fultz will explode for a big night, but he’s been steadily improving throughout the year. The 13.3 points and 7.3 assists he’s averaged in February are the highest marks he’s reached in both categories for any month this year.
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