It will be another one on the road for the Philadelphia 76ers as they take on Orlando Magic at the Amway Centre Florida on Friday, 25th November 2022.
In the past 12 years or so, the two teams have come head-to-head 43 times, and while the 76ers have won 22 times, Orlando has won 21 times. The two teams played each other last on 13th March this year, where Philadelphia won by 116:114.
Here is a brief preview of the two teams’ performance in the season and what we can expect from Friday’s game.
Philadelphia 76ers Statistics
The 76ers currently rank 7th in the Eastern Conference of the NBA, having played 17 matches in the season and won 9 matches. The team will play its match against Orlando after battling it out with Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, for which it is favoured to win. While the team lost against Sacramento and lost its winning streak, it came back stronger in the next game and landed a win against Brooklyn by a score off 115:106.
The team is scoring an average of 108.6 points per game and has the 11th-highest shooting percentage in the league. The team’s overall offensive rating is 15th in the league, but in terms of points scored, they are in 29th place. The highest scorer for the team is Joel Embiid, with an average of 32.3 points scored per game. The shooter, however, hurt his ankle on Saturday and may not be able to play for a while.
On the defence side, Philadelphia has managed to hold its own, limiting its opponents to score an average of 106.3 points per game. This is the third least number of points conceded per game. It would thus not be wrong to say that the 76ers have a stronger defence than the offence, and it has not been easy to score for opponents when playing against the team. Therefore if the team wants to win against Orlando Magic, it will have secure the ball and keep it in possession if it wants to keep opponents from scoring.
Orlando Magic Statistics
It was the end of the three-match road trip for the Magic as they played against Indiana on Monday and lost by 102: 123. The team currently ranks 13th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 5 wins and 13 losses in the season.
The team is struggling due to several key injuries, including the lead scorer Paolo Banchero who is out of action due to an ankle injury. Before his injury, he scored an average of 23.55 points per game. The other lead scorer is Franz Wagner, with an average of 20 points per game, having improved his stats in recent games.
The team is currently scoring an average of 109.9 points, placing them in 23rd place in the league, while their defence has conceded an average of 112.9 points per game, putting them in 13th place in the NBA.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic Prediction
The last time Orlando won a match against Philadelphia was in December 2019, when it won by one point. The 76ers, on the other hand, have won all eight matches played since January 2020 till now. Both sides’ offense has been weakened due to injuries of their key players. Philadelphia may be banking on their strong defence to keep Orlando at bay and prevent them from scoring.
Orlando may have a home advantage, but if we consider the recent performance of the two teams and their past head-to-head stats, the Philadelphia 76ers may be able to win the game.