The Milwaukee Bucks will face up against the Orlando Magic Monday night for the first time since the first round of last year’s NBA Playoffs.
The Milwaukee Bucks will open up a two-game road swing Monday night by taking a visit down south to take on the Orlando Magic.
After wrapping up a 4-1 homestand, the Bucks relished the opportunity to find their footing while in their cozy confines at Fiserv Forum. Now as they face up against the Magic for the first time they dispatched them in the first round of last season’s playoffs, the Bucks will look to continue their dominance over the Magic when they meet for the first time this season.
The Magic, meanwhile, have gotten off to a 6-4 start to their run this season in the face of great some adversity as they have been hit by a litany of injuries nearly three weeks into their season.
Still, the Magic remains as competitive and feisty under head coach Steve Clifford and often play better than the sum of their parts as the Bucks are well aware of by now.
So without further ado, let’s look at the three big keys that will be critical in the Milwaukee Bucks getting past the Orlando Magic Monday night.
Milwaukee Bucks keys to victory vs Magic: shut down Magic’s lifeless offense
Not even three weeks into their season and the Magic’s offensive attack has taken some severe hits, especially after a hot start to the year.
Recently losing fourth-year guard Markelle Fultz to a torn ACL has headlined their many injuries, on top of losing Jonathan Isaac to a torn ACL down in the bubble last season. With Evan Fournier having been battling back spasms that has held him out of their last five games, Orlando has grown increasingly depleted up and down their roster.
As a result, the Magic have teetered towards the basement of the league as they rank 25th in offensive rating and have the worst effective field goal percentage in all of the league at 48.9 percent.
Needless to say, this will be a prime opportunity for the Bucks to clean up and fix their defensive issues that have steadily surfaced throughout their first 10 games of the season.
For the many woes the Magic are mired in at the moment, it will be fodder for the Bucks to be able to gain some defensive consistency, even against what will likely be a shortanded Magic team. Being able to put in a complete performance is certainly atop of their priorities at the moment as the Bucks try and find their way in their run this year.