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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic Preview and Predictions 11-14-2018 in NBA


The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to have Jimmy Butler in the lineup for his team debut when they finish a three-game road trip at the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Butler was acquired in a headline-grabbing trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves and could be a perfect fit for a team eyeing the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

"I mean, where do you begin," coach Brett Brown told reporters when asked what the four-time All-Star brings to the roster. "I think that defensively, and with the physicality that he plays with, and he replicates ... he mirrors the spirit of Philadelphia. He is a fierce competitor, and there is toughness that he plays with. It's who he is. He wears it on his face. It's seen in his game. It's confirmed by multiple All-Defensive teams, and it's a perfect fit for our city and our program defensively." Butler joins a team that has won seven of its last 10 after Monday's 124-112 win at Miami to improve to 1-1 on the trip. Joel Embiid bounced back from a rough shooting night in Saturday's loss to Memphis to provide 35 points and 18 rebounds for Philadelphia, which improved to 2-6 on the road. The Magic, who fell by one point to the Sixers on the road last month, won four of five before falling 117-109 at Washington on Monday.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBCS Philadelphia, FS Florida (Orlando) Linea: 76ers -5.5 

ABOUT THE 76ERS (9-6): Brown has yet to indicate whose spot Butler will take when Wednesday rolls around but it stands to reason that he'll eat up many of the minutes currently reserved for second-year man Markelle Fultz, who had five points on 2-of-8 shooting Monday night. The 20-year-old has struggled with his shot since becoming a pro and had a notable double-clutch on a foul shot against the Heat, just about the time the news broke that he had parted ways with a trainer attempting to help improve his shot. JJ Redick often replaces Fultz to start second halves and the veteran is averaging 22.5 points over the last two games.



ABOUT THE MAGIC (6-8): Swingman Terrence Ross missed more than four months last year due to knee and leg issues, but he's making up for lost time while averaging 13.8 points -- including at least 21 in his last two games -- off the bench. He is 9-for-13 from 3-point range during those two contests and leads Orlando with 32 makes from beyond the arc despite being fifth in minutes played. Aaron Gordon (ankle) returned from a one-game layoff to produce 18 points and 10 rebounds at Washington.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. After making 4-of-13 3-pointers in eight October games, Fultz has yet to attempt a long-range shot in seven contests this month.

2. Magic C Nikola Vucevic has three straight double-doubles and eight -- along with one triple-double -- in his last 12 games.

3. Redick scored a season-high 31 points and made the decisive 3-pointer in the closing seconds in the 116-115 win over Orlando on Oct. 20.

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orlando-magic Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Nikola Vucevic 80 80 1665 307 36 1354 701 227 179 231 84 224
Aaron Gordon 78 78 1246 289 31 1046 470 253 185 347 121 129
Evan Fournier 81 81 1226 295 31 1069 468 170 137 450 153 38
Terrence Ross 81 0 1223 135 35 1027 440 144 126 566 217 27
D.J. Augustin 81 81 948 426 27 677 318 209 181 311 131 41
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Nikola Vucevic 80 80 736 89 81 159 157 4
Aaron Gordon 78 78 445 56 57 162 172 2
Jonathan Isaac 75 64 312 98 59 76 143 1
Terrence Ross 81 0 253 29 72 90 119 1
Evan Fournier 81 81 220 12 71 154 225 7

philadelphia-76ers Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Joel Embiid 64 64 1761 234 42 1199 580 649 522 263 79 160
JJ Redick 76 63 1372 206 34 1027 452 255 228 605 240 20
Ben Simmons 79 79 1337 609 29 960 540 428 257 6 0 172
Dario Saric 68 28 714 101 23 564 256 120 105 253 97 105
T.J. McConnell 76 3 483 258 18 419 220 37 29 42 14 28
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Joel Embiid 64 64 711 122 46 226 211 10
Ben Simmons 79 79 525 61 112 274 209 5
Dario Saric 68 28 266 6 41 72 143 2
JJ Redick 76 63 166 17 32 101 129 3
T.J. McConnell 76 3 146 17 79 91 105 2