The Orlando Magic had a poor 2017-18 season, finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the Southeast Division with a 25-57 record (17-24 at home, 8-33 on the road), just one victory ahead of the Atlanta Hawks. The Magic had the sixth-worst offensive rating in the league, scoring 105.2 points per 100 possessions, while their defensive rating was the 12th-worst as they allowed 110.1 points per 100 possessions to their opponents. It is time to start rebuilding the team in Orlando, so the bettors should not expect a lot from the Magic this year, while the futures and season props are already available on BetDSI Sportsbook.
Orlando Magic Futures Odds
Win Total Over/Under at 31.5: Over +100; Under -120
To Win the Southeast Division at +1750
To Win the Eastern Conference at +7000
To Win the NBA Championship at +40000
To Make NBA Playoffs: YES +275, NO -400 (Bet365 Sportsbook)
Orlando Magic Player Movement
Draft: Mohamed Bamba (No. 6 Pick), Melvin Frazier (No. 35 Pick), Justin Jackson (No. 43 Pick)
Added: Timofey Mozgov (trade with the Charlotte Hornets), Jerian Grant (trade with Chicago Bulls), Jarell Martin (trade with Memphis Grizzlies)
Lost: Bismack Biyombo (traded to Charlotte Hornets), Dakari Johnson (traded to Memphis Grizzlies), Rodney Purvis (traded to Oklahoma City Thunder), Mario Hezonja (signed with New York Knicks), Shelvin Mack (waived)
Unrestricted Free Agents: Arron Afflalo, Marreese Speights, Jamel Artis
The Magic has decided to select the seven-footer Mohamed Bamba with the 6th overall pick at the 2018 NBA Draft, and the former Texas freshman should be the future NBA star. In one year at the University of Texas, Bamba averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks per game, earning the All-Big XII Second Team selection. Has an unearthly 7’10 wingspan that helps him to play terrific defense in the paint, while Bamba possesses a solid mobility for his size. On the other side, Mohamed Bamba could be useful for catching lob-passes, but he needs to work on his post game. If he learns to play with his back to the basket, Bamba would become a real monster in the years to come.
The small forward Melvin Frazier has been selected as a 5th pick of the second round, and in three years at the Tulane University, the 22-year old averaged 10.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game. Last year, Frazier had 2.2 steals per game, establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the AAC. He’s a great athlete who runs very well in transition, but he’s also capable of scoring set shots. Frazier is an improving jump shooter, and he should get some minutes in his rookie season with the Magic.
Orlando acquired the Russian center Timofey Mozgov in a trade with the Charlotte Hornets, sending Bismack Biyombo in exchange. Mozgov played just 31 games for the Brooklyn Nets last season, averaging 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, and he’s been traded for the second time this summer after the Nets sent him to the Hornets for Dwight Howard. In eight years in the NBA, Timofey Mozgov recorded 6.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Orlando Magic 2018-19 Roster
The 25-year old shooting guard Evan Fournier was the Magic scoring leader last year, averaging 17.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 32.2 minutes per game, playing 57 games in the regular season. He was shooting 45.9% from the field and 37.9% from beyond the arc, taking 14.1 field goals per game which is Fournier’s new career high. The Frenchman should be the second scoring option for the Magic in the upcoming 2018-19 NBA season, as the head coach Frank Vogel really likes Evan’s style of play. Fournier possesses quickness and he’s a good ball handler who can attack the rim from the pick and roll situations, but also has a good range.
Nikola Vucevic should be the first scoring option for the Orlando Magic, and the 27-year old Montenegrian will have to make it up for some mediocre displays in the previous two seasons. He played just 57 games last season due to injury problems, averaging 16.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists while shooting 47.5% from the field. Vucevic will have to work hard and stay out of injury troubles if he wants to return on the top level, as in 2014-15 season he averaged 19.3 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 2.0 assists on 52.3% shooting from the field.
The 22-year old wing Aaron Gordon signed a new four-year deal this summer worth $76 million, so he should become one of the carriers of the Orlando Magic. The 4th overall pick from the 2014 NBA Draft spent four years in the Magic uniform, recording 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, but last year, he blossomed with 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game on 43.4% shooting from the field and 33.6% from beyond the arc. Gordon is a pure highflyer who loves to jump and dunk over rivals’ big men, and this year he will try to improve his jump shooting and become even more dangerous for the Orlando Magic’s opponents.
The small forward Jonathon Simmons is another guy who had a breakthrough 2017-18 season, averaging 13.9 points and 3.5 rebounds after playing two years for the Spurs where he had 6.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Simmons is a versatile player, useful on both sides of the ball and should get his spot in the starting lineup for the 2018-19 NBA season.
The 30-year old playmaker D.J. Augustin will be the starting point guard after nailing some decent numbers last year – 10.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in 23.5 minutes per game while hitting 41.9% of his 3-pointers. However, Augustin doesn’t look like a long-term solution, although he had some nice numbers as a starter in Orlando, averaging 11.7 assists and 5.0 assists per game. On the other hand, D.J. could be a defensive liability due to his size, and the opponents always try to get him in pick and roll plays to create a mismatch.
Players Under Contract:
D.J. Augustin (PG), Jerian Grant (PG)
Evan Fournier (SG), Wes Iwundu (SG)
Jonathon Simmons (SF), Terrence Ross (SF), Melvin Frazier (SF)
Aaron Gordon (PF), Jonathan Isaac (PF), Jarell Martin (PF), Amile Jefferson (PF)
Nikola Vucevic (C), Mohamed Bamba (C), Timofey Mozgov (C), Khem Birch (C)
Win Total Prediction and Betting Picks
The Orlando Magic barely won 25 games last year, so it’s strange that bookmakers set the lines on the win total at 31.5 games. Despite they drafted the super talented big man Mohamed Bamba, the Magic doesn’t have a better team than last year, and the coach Frank Vogel will have to work on many things with his boys to improve the last season’s record. Six wins more sounds too much, especially if the new season starts on a wrong foot, so the Magic can tank and wait for the next summer. Hereof, betting on the under seems like the best pick which means the Magic will fail to clinch the playoff berth for the seventh year in a row with the odds at -400 on Bet365 Sportsbook.
The Magic are +1750 underdogs to win the Southeast Division and it would be a huge surprise if they managed to surpass the Wizards and the Heat. It would mean that the Magic will reach the Playoffs, and at +275 odds to make it so, they don’t look like an attractive wager. With plenty of weak teams in the Eastern Conference, someone will have to win those games, but the Magic doesn’t look serious enough to beat the 31.5-win mark.
The Pick: Under 31.5 (-120)
Prediction: 14th in the Eastern Conference, 4th in the Southeast Division