National Basketball Association
Preview
San Antonio at Orlando
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida

The Orlando Magic have regained some confidence with two straight wins and look to go into the All-Star break with another when they host the red-hot San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. The Magic knocked off the Atlanta Hawks in back-to-back tight contests after losing 15 of their previous 17 outings to start the calendar year.

“We’re not a team that gives up,” Orlando forward Jason Smith told the Orlando Sentinel. “. … It’s been a rough go the last month. We’re still a good team. That’s still inside us.” The Spurs extended their winning streak to nine against the Magic with a 107-92 triumph on Feb. 1 in San Antonio as LaMarcus Aldridge scored a game-high 28 points. Aldridge matched that total as San Antonio stretched its winning streak to five with a 119-101 victory at Miami to start an eight-game road trip. Veteran Spurs forward Tim Duncan (knee) has missed eight straight contests and is close to returning to the lineup.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest (San Antonio), FSN Florida (Orlando)

ABOUT THE SPURS (44-8): Aldridge has scored at least 25 in five of the last seven games and is averaging 26.4 while making 47-of-78 from the field over the past five contests. The Spurs have also been without Manu Ginobili (testicle injury) for three games and Kawhi Leonard has lifted his production, averaging 23 points over his last four outings after scoring 10 versus Orlando. San Antonio leads the league in scoring defense and has been hot on the offensive end, averaging 113 points the last seven games.

ABOUT THE MAGIC (23-28): Center Nikola Vucevic hit the winning shot in Sunday’s win over the Hawks and averaged 25 points in the two games while draining 22-of-35 shots from the field. Shooting guard Evan Fournier, who is third on the team in scoring (13.8) behind Vucevic (17) and versatile guard Victor Oladipo (14.3), has averaged 17.7 over the past three contests. Forward Tobias Harris (13.7 points, seven rebounds) missed the last two games with an ankle injury and is questionable for San Antonio.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Orlando PG Elfrid Payton averaged 16 points and 9.5 assists in the last two victories.

2. San Antonio G Patty Mills matched his season high with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the first meeting against the Magic.

3. Orlando’s rookie G Mario Hezonja scored 14 points and grabbed a season-best nine rebounds in Monday’s win.

PREDICTION: Spurs 105, Magic 95
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
San Antonio 44-8 W5 28-0 16-8 1-0 43-8 8-2 25-4
Orlando 23-28 W2 14-11 9-16 1-2 22-26 3-8 13-19
Last Meeting
San Antonio Orlando
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/1/16 ORL 92 SA 107 107 42 51.3 92 51 40.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
San Antonio L. Aldridge 28 69.2 10
Orlando N. Vucevic 20 45.0 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
San Antonio B. Diaw 6 2 4
Orlando A. Gordon 16 6 10
Assists Player  
San Antonio T. Parker 6
Orlando E. Payton 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
San Antonio K. Leonard 1094 49.9 209
Orlando N. Vucevic 901 49.8 80
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
San Antonio L. Aldridge 430 127 303
Orlando N. Vucevic 468 151 317
Assists Player  
San Antonio T. Parker 263
Orlando E. Payton 285
Quickchart Matchup
San Antonio Off vs  Orlando Defense
105.2 Points For
100.9 Points Against
49.2 FG%
44.6 FG%
44.6 Reb
44.1 Reb
Orlando Off vs  San Antonio Defense
99.5 Points For
91.7 Points Against
45.1 FG%
43.2 FG%
44.1 Reb
39.8 Reb