The Atlanta Hawks (31-26) will take on the Orlando Magic (18-39) Tuesday evening, looking to continue their winning ways as the push towards a return to the postseason. They will face a very different looking Orlando group than the one they last faced in early March, as the Magic made significant roster moves ahead of this season’s trade deadline.
All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, along with starters Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier, were all shipped out in late March as Orlando seemingly enters a rebuilding period. The team Atlanta plays on Tuesday is still far from what the Magic plan to build on, as they still have a some key young pieces out due to injury.
The team the Hawks will face on Tuesday evening is one of the worst in the league of late in terms of on-court performance, which was predictable after Orlando unloaded most of it’s starting lineup, which was essentially the bulk of what they had left in terms of offensive output. Vucevic was obviously the key cog, but you could argue Gordon and Fournier were his second and third options this season when healthy.
Atlanta will be significant favorites in this one, as Trae Young, John Collins and Clint Capela are all off the injury report entirely.
Overall, the Magic are 5-21 over their past 26 games, and 3-10 since the trade deadline. The Hawks meanwhile are 17-6 since early March, and seem to be meshing as a team at the most important part of the season.
The Hawks will be without Kris Dunn (right ankle surgery), Danilo Gallinari (right foot soreness), De’Andre Hunter (right knee soreness), Tony Snell (right ankle sprain) and Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) on Tuesday evening.
Orlando is missing Michael Carter-Williams (ankle), Markelle Fultz (knee), Jonathan Issac (knee), James Ennis III (calf), Otto Porter Jr. (foot) and Terence Ross (back).
The Hawks are currently favored by 12.5 points against the Magic as of early Tuesday morning, for those interested. The largest spread previously this season for Atlanta was when they were favored by 10.5 point favorites over the Detroit Pistons back in December.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, Apr. 20, 7:30 pm ET
Location: State Farm Arena
TV: Bally Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass (out of market)
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: Fox Sports Go