Orlando Magic Betting and Team Guide
Our Orlando Magic team guide features key facts and stats for the organization. We explore the history of the franchise and even offer some trivia at the end, but it’s not just about the past. Our team also makes sure to follow all the latest news and odds movements. The main goal is to help you discover the best Orlando Magic betting opportunities that are available.
Orlando Magic Betting in 2019-20
Let’s start with the latest Orlando Magic betting options for the 2019-20 NBA season.
Latest Orlando Magic Odds for 2019-20
Orlando Magic to Win the 2020 NBA Championship+25000
Orlando Magic to Win the 2020 NBA Eastern Conference+10000
Orlando Magic to Win the 2020 NBA Southeast Division+2000
Orlando Magic Predictions for 2019-20
- Current Prediction: 35-40 wins, likely the 7th or 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.
- Current Pick: No recommended bets
- Last Updated: February 28th
Orlando might be in second place in the Southeast Division, but 10 back with just 24 games remaining is way too steep of a hill to expect the Magic to climb. Fortunately, sneaking into the postseason should be expected.
Steve Clifford’s team isn’t being pushed too hard by the likes of Washington or Charlotte for the final spot in the playoffs, and Orlando could very well surpass Brooklyn and avoid Milwaukee in the first round. While the Magic stand little chance of beating the #2 seed in the East, they stand zero chance of upsetting the Bucks.
- Previous Orlando Magic Predictions
- Prediction: 40-43 wins, likely the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference
- Pick: No recommended bets
Trailing the Heat by 8.5 games in the Southeast Division, it’s unlikely Orlando catches Miami by April. However, the Magic could be a “sleeper team” in the playoffs given how much talent is on their roster. If they find themselves matched up with the Heat in the first round of the postseason, an upset could be in the works.
- Prediction: 38-42 wins, potential #7 or #8 seed in the Eastern Conference
- Pick: No recommended bets
Taking a flier on the Magic to win the Southeast Division isn’t actually the worst idea in the world. It’s early enough in the season where the Heat could still hit a rough patch, and the core of Orlando’s roster is only going to get better.
Markelle Fultz is coming along nicely, and Nikola Vucevic is one of the more underrated players in the league. It’s time for Aaron Gordon to take his game to the next level and evolve into a dominant power forward.
- Prediction: A low playoff seed and elimination in the first round
- Pick: No recommended bets
The expectations are that the Magic should make the playoffs, as they kept the core of the roster. On the positive side, that’s a team that should be good enough to make the playoffs in the East. On the negative, the Orlando Magic lacks the depth and talent to compete with the leading franchises in the division.
One of the teams that are hard to evaluate properly for the upcoming season is Orlando Magic. The franchise finished with a 42-40 record last season and was eliminated by the eventual champions Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs.
There weren’t major movements in the summer for the Magic and the main goal was to re-sign Nikola Vucevic, which did happen.
The overall expectations are that the East will be weaker in 2019-20. Based on that, the team should be able to once again reach the playoffs, but it doesn’t look like the Magic will be capable of a much higher seed or more than a first-round exit.
Orlando Magic News and Updates
February 28th, by Michael Wynn
While no Orlando player averages more than 19 points per game, the Magic have seven individuals who average in double figures and 10 guys who average at least 20 minutes per night.
While being a deep and well-rounded team is never a bad thing, a team that lacks a true superstar has little chance of making serious noise in the playoffs.
- Previous News and Updates
January 16th, by Michael Wynn
The Magic beat the Lakers in Los Angeles last night thanks to a triple-double from Markelle Fultz. The victory marked Orlando’s sixth over their last eight games, and they’re getting contributions from all over the floor. This comes in handy considering Jonathan Isaac will miss the rest of the season after hyperextending his left knee on New Year’s Day.
The frontcourt duo of Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon should flourish so long as Evan Fournier and Terrance Ross can continue supplying the scoring.
December 6th, by Michael Wynn
Orlando has a chance to even their record at 11-11 should they take care of business tonight in Cleveland. Jonathan Isaac is showing serious signs of progress, and Evan Fournier is developing into Steve Clifford’s go-to guy down the stretch.
In fact, Fournier has chipped in with 30 or more points in three of the Magic’s last five games.
October 14, by Jerry Summer
The preseason has been a mixed bag so far for the Orlando Magic. The team won a couple of games and lost some, with the likes of Mo Bamba and Markelle Fultz showing glimpses of their potential. The two youngsters might be ready to step up for the new season and that could elevate a team that’s slightly short on talent.
July 7, by Jerry Summer
Nikola Vucevic was fantastic for the Magic last year, and the team’s focus in the summer was to bring him back. The star signed a new deal and will stay with the team for another four years, getting paid $100 million in the process.
The Magic also managed to keep Terrence Ross while adding a couple of new names to the roster. One of the most notable additions was Al-Farouq Aminu.
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The Orlando Magic in 2019-20
Orlando Magic Roster in 2019-20
Knowing the Orlando Magic roster for the 2019-20 season is important for everyone who will be betting on the franchise. Here are the players that will represent the team.
- D.J. Augustin – Guard
- Michael Carter-Williams – Guard
- Jerian Grant – Guard
- Josh Magette – Guard
- Troy Caupain – Guard
- Markelle Fultz – Guard
- Daquan Jeffries – Guard
- B.J. Taylor – Guard
- Terrence Ross – Guard
- Evan Fournier – Forward
- Wesley Iwundu – Forward
- Justin Jackson – Forward
- Melvin Frazier – Forward
- Aaron Gordon – Forward
- Jonathan Isaac – Forward
- Al-Farouq Aminu – Forward
- Jonathan Isaac – Forward
- Jarell Martin – Forward
- Chuma Okeke – Forward
- Amile Jefferson – Forward
- Vic Law – Forward
- Cameron Lard – Forward
- Nikola Vucevic – Center
- Khem Birch – Center
- Mohamed Bamba – Center
Projected Starting Lineup
The starting lineup of each team is the most crucial part of the roster. Here are the players that we believe will be starting most games for the Orlando Magic in 2019-2020.
- DJ Augustin Point – Guard
- Evan Fournier Shooting – Guard
- Jonathan Isaac Small – Forward
- Aaron Gordon Power – Forward
- Nikola Vucevic – Center
The starting backcourt duo of the Magic includes DJ Augustin and Evan Fournier. They’re both solid scorers from the outside and will space the floor well. Unfortunately, they’re not the best defenders out there. Augustin, in particular, is undersized to the point that he’s a huge liability in defense.
Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic aren’t very good on that end of the floor either, so the only solid defender in this lineup is Jonathan Isaac. This is a serious concern, as the team will probably concede too many baskets.
On the bright side, Isaac is also the only one who’s not prolific in offense. The rest of the team can score comfortably and the offense should flourish.
In conclusion, this is a lineup that will be hard to contain. It lacks balance and their defense will allow too many points throughout the season. This caveat will be especially problematic in the playoffs.
Depth and Bench
The Orlando Magic has one of the most interesting benches in the whole NBA. You will see the names of Markelle Fultz and Mo Bamba there.
The former showed some signs of brilliance last season, but the Philadelphia 76ers aren’t exactly the most patient team in the world. Evidently, Futltz didn’t receive enough play time to show his worth. The number 1 draft pick from 2017 might be able to get more support and time in Orlando.
Mo Bamba will need the same, as many believe the ceiling of the center is sky-high. However, he’s way too raw at this point and needs improvement.
It’s hard to know what these two will produce, but there are a couple of experienced players that will most certainly contribute for the second unit consistently. Terrence Ross is one of the best offensive sixth men in the NBA, while Al-Farouq Aminu is a solid player.
The likes of Michael-Carter Williams, Khem Birch, and Wesley Iwundu will also get some play time, so the depth of the Magic can be decent this season.
Orlando Magic Staff in 2019-20
Let’s take a look at the rest of the Orlando Magic key personnel for the 2019-20 NBA season.
- Head Coach: Steve Clifford
- Coaching Staff: Mike Batiste (Asst. Coach), Ty Corbin (Asst. Coach), Pat Delany (Asst. Coach), Steve Hetzel (Asst. Coach), Bruce Kreutzer (Asst. Coach), Ernest Eugene (Trainer)
- Ownership: RDV Sports, Inc.
- General Manager: John Hammond
Steve Clifford is the current head coach of the Magic, and his first season at the helm showed signs of promise. The team reached the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and won the division title. The main question is if Clifford can fix the defense.
He did it during his time with the Charlotte Hornets, but the current roster of the Magic features too many players that simply aren’t good enough in this area. If Clifford somehow finds a way to help them improve, this team could be one of the Eastern Conference’s dark horses.
Orlando Magic Schedule in 2019-20
Each NBA team’s schedule could feature a few tough games in a row. The Orlando Magic could be facing a tough season, which is why we’re publishing the full schedule and analyzing it here.
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Orlando Magic Overview and Key Info
The Magic has been in Orlando since 1989 when the NBA added two expansion franchises, the Orlando Magic and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Orlando team appeared in the 1995 NBA Finals in just their sixth season of play but wasn’t able to get a win against the Houston Rockets. The Rockets swept the series with a 4-0 championship victory. While the Magic had another chance at the title in 2009, the Lakers won 4-1.
In addition to the ‘95 and ‘09 conference titles, the Orlando Magic has won five division titles, with 2010 being their last. The team will be under new leadership in 2018-19, as former Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford has been hired as the 13th head coach for the Magic franchise.
Let’s take a look at the key facts for the Magic.
Orlando Magic – Key Info
- Current Team Location
- In Orlando, Florida, since 1989
- Eastern Conference – Southeast
- Amway Center
- G League Team
- Lakeland Magic
- Team Value (Forbes 2018)
- $1.225 billion
Orlando Magic History
Along with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Orlando Magic played their first season in 1989 as one of the NBA’s newest expansion teams.
The Magic was Orlando’s first professional major league sports franchise. The “Magic” name came as a result of a contest sponsored by the Orlando Sentinel. While the submissions were narrowed down to Tropics, Juice, Heat, and Magic, Magic was befitting of the area that’s predominantly known for Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom.
The Orlando Arena was the first home venue for the Magic, and Matt Guokas became the inaugural head coach, managing from 1989-1993.
Like most new teams, the first few seasons were underwhelming with two 7th-place and two 4th-place division finishes and no playoff action for four years under Guokas. In 1993, Brian Hill came on board as the second head coach for the franchise, and the Magic took a second-place finish that season with a 50-32 record but then lost to the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs.
“Magic” did happen in 1994, though. In just their sixth season in, the Magic made it way past the conference finals and faced the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals. It would be the first of two conference titles, and the Orlando team has yet to win a championship. The Rockets swept the series 4-0.
The second chance at the title came in 2008-09. This time, the Magic was up against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals, losing to LA in a 4-1 series. The following season, Orlando lost the conference finals to the Celtics, followed by two seasons of first-round defeats.
Orlando has yet to retire any player numbers but did retire #6 for the fans (aka the sixth man) in 1989.
The team has had five Hall of Famers on the roster, including Dominique Wilkins in 1999, Patrick Ewing (2001-02), Shaquille O’Neal (1992-96), Tracy McGrady (2000-04), and Grant Hill (2000-07). Chuck Daly, head coach from 1997-1999, is also a Hall of Fame member inducted twice as a player and coach.
Orlando Magic Championships and Playoffs
- 0 NBA Championships
- 2 Conference Titles: 2009, 1995
- 6 Division Titles: 2019, 2010, 2009, 2008, 1996, 1995
Home Court – Amway Center
- Inaugurated: 2010
- Renovated: n/a
- Capacity: 18,846
- Former Names: n/a
The Amway Center replaced the Amway Arena, the former home of the Orlando Magic, in 2010 and offers many more seating options for the fans.
Whereas the 367,000 square foot Arena had 26 skyboxes and no club seats, the newer 875,000 square foot Amway Center offers 1,428 club seats and a variety of hospitality rooms, decks, suites, and loge boxes.
Both the inside and outside of the venue have Daktronics video boards with 18 video displays including one that surrounds the entire seating bowl. The outside screens provide scores and other information for passing motorists on I-4.
Amway Center is located in downtown Orlando and is not only the home of the Magic but also the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears. It also hosts concerts and special events.
- Venue Address: Amway Center, 400 W Church St, #200, Orlando, FL 32801
- Mailing Address: Orlando Magic, 8701 Maitland Summit Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32810
- Phone: 407-916-2400
Orlando Magic Head Coaches
Matt Guokas was the Orlando Magic’s inaugural head coach from the 1989-90 through 1992-93 seasons. But the new franchise didn’t make it to the playoffs until 1994 under second head coach Brian Hill who was an assistant under Guokas.
Guokas had recorded a .339 winning percentage (111-217), while Brian Hill was able to get the relatively new team on the playoff track, even making it to the Finals in 1995 against the Houston Rockets.
Stan Van Gundy (2007-2012) slightly edges out Hill as far as record goes. Van Gundy compiled a .657 regular-season record and .525 in the playoffs. Van Gundy coached the Magic to their second Finals appearance in 2009, losing to the LA Lakers in a 4-1 series.
Doc Rivers, who held the position from 1999-2003, is the only Magic coach so far to be named NBA Coach of the Year, and he was honored in 1999-2000.
|The Last 10 Orlando Magic Head Coaches|
|13||2018 –||Steve Clifford|| 42-40 ||.512||1-4|| .200 ||–|
|8||2007-12||Steve Van Gundy||259-135||.657||31-28||.525|
In 2018, the Magic signed the previous head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, Steve Clifford, as the 13th in franchise history.
Clifford started his NBA career in 2000 as an advance scout for the New York Knicks. He’s held various assistant coaching positions with the Knicks, Rockets, and Lakers, and was an assistant with the Magic from 2007-2012. In 2013, Clifford was then hired as the Charlotte Bobcats (then Hornets) head coach.
With his five seasons in Charlotte, Clifford compiled a career 196-214 (.478) record with 11 playoff games coached (3-8). In his debut season in Orlando, he led the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
Orlando Magic Last Five Seasons
|Season||Coach||Finish||W-L||%||Playoffs||Points Leader (avg/game)|
|2018-19 ||Steve Clifford||1st ||42-40|| .512|| Lost First Round|| Nikola Vucevic (20.8)|
|2017-18||Frank Vogel||4th||25-57||.305||–||Evan Fournier (17.8)|
|2016-17||Frank Vogel||5th||29-53||.354||–||Evan Fournier (17.2)|
|2015-16||Scott Skiles||5th||35-47||.427||–||Nikola Vucevic (18.2)|
|2014-15||Vaughn/Borrego||5th||25-57||.305||–||Nikola Vucevic (19.3)|
Orlando Magic All-Time Career Leaders
|Average Pts/Game||Tracy McGrady||28.13||2001-2004|
Dwight Howard entered the NBA draft in 2004 right out of high school and was selected as the first overall pick by the Orlando Magic. The center from Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy was the Naismith Prep Player of the Year and Mr. Georgia Basketball in 2004. Dwight played eight seasons with the Orlando Magic from 2004-2012 and was named NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2005.
He’s an eight-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA First Team, and four-time NBA All-Defensive First Team. Howard was the NBA’s rebounding leader for five seasons and is the Orlando Magic’s all-time career rebounds leader with 8,072 as well as the franchise’s all-time scorer with 11,435 points. In 2009 and 2010, Howard was the NBA blocks leader and 2008’s NBA Slam Dunk Champion.
From 2009 through 2011, Dwight was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. After playing for the Lakers, Rockets, Hawks, and Hornets, Dwight Howard signed a deal with the Washington Wizards for the 2018-19 season.
In 1997, Tracy McGrady was the Toronto Raptors’ first-round pick in the NBA Draft. McGrady was straight out of high school where he was named Mr. Basketball USA and McDonald’s All-American in 1997.
After spending three years in Toronto, Tracy signed with Orlando and racked up most of his all-time bests. He was with the Magic from 2000-2004 and earned the 2001 NBA Most Improved Player award. He also was picked for his first of seven consecutive All-Star games that season. McGrady was the NBA scoring champion in 2003 and 2004 and is the Magic’s career leader in average points per game with 28.13.
In 2002 and 2003, he was All-NBA First Team. In addition to the highest average points, McGrady set Magic records for most points in a season in 2002-03 (2,407), most field goal attempts that same season with 1,813, and most points in a game with 62 in 2004. He played for several other teams and retired in 2013 with the San Antonio Spurs. He’s a Hall of Famer and has been included in several lists of the greatest basketball players of all-time.
Orlando’s all-time career leader with 3,501 assists, Jameer Nelson, was a first-round pick by the Denver Nuggets in 2004 out of Saint Joseph’s. With the Hawks, he was the 2004 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Consensus First-Team All-American as well as three-time First-Team All-Atlantic 10. He was immediately traded to the Magic, never playing for the Nuggets, and was on Orlando’s roster from 2004-2014.
Nelson was NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2005 and an NBA All-Star in 2009. He represented the United States’ gold medal team in 2001 at the FIBA U21 World Championship in Saitama. After Orlando, the point guard played for Dallas, Boston, Denver, New Orleans, and signed with the Detroit Pistons for the 2018 season.
While the Orlando Magic haven’t retired any player numbers, #6 was honored for the fans (the sixth man) in 1989. However, the number was put back into circulation in 2001-02 for Patrick Ewing.
The Orlando Magic have their franchise Hall of Fame and have honored four players — Nick Anderson, Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway, and Tracy McGrady. Founder Jimmy Hewitt, co-founder Pat Williams, and owner Richard DeVos are also members.
Orlando became the most improved franchise in the NBA (by 20 games) following the team’s selection of Shaquille O’Neal in the 1992 NBA Draft. With Shaq, the team went from losing seasons to a 41-41 regular season record.
Stuff the Magic Dragon became the Magic’s official mascot in 1987, combining Puff the Magic Dragon with “stuffing,” another word for slam dunking.
In 2008-09 and 2009-10, the Magic ended their regular season with identical 59-23 records (.720). But in 2009, they made it all the way to the Finals, and the next year, they lost in the conference finals.