Orlando Magic vs. Los Angeles Clippers Pick & Prediction MARCH 18th 2023

Stadium: Staples Center Los Angeles
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The Los Angeles Clippers carry a four-game winning streak into a Saturday matinee as they welcome the visiting Orlando Magic, who are playing the third game of a four-game road trip.

The Clippers (37-33) improved to 4-0 on a five-game homestand Wednesday with a 134-126 win over the Golden State Warriors. Kawhi Leonard went for 30 points, Paul George recorded 24 points and seven assists, and Ivica Zubac finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds as Los Angeles' balance effectively countered a 50-point effort from the Warriors' Stephen Curry.

Russell Westbrook approached a triple-double in the win, going for 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

"That's what great players do," Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said of Westbrook, whose performance included zero turnovers. "He's getting used to playing with the guys and knowing where guys are going to be at, where the guys want the ball delivered, and just getting familiar. Like I said, it's only been nine games (since joining the Clippers roster)."

Los Angeles moved into fifth place in a hotly contested Western Conference. Through games played Thursday, just 3 1/2 games separated the Clippers in the No. 5 spot from Utah and New Orleans, the last two teams out in the race for the four play-in tournament bids.

Orlando (28-42), meanwhile, has lost ground in pursuit of the Eastern Conference's final play-in spot since dropping five of six with Thursday's 116-113 loss at Phoenix. The setback dropped the Magic to 0-2 midway through a Western Conference road swing that opened Tuesday with a 132-114 loss at San Antonio.

A positive coming out of Thursday's defeat in Phoenix was the continued strong performance of Markelle Fultz. He finished with 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the floor, dished nine assists and grabbed seven rebounds.

Fultz missed the first 21 games of the season with a fractured toe, but has been in the lineup every game since Nov. 30. Thursday marked his third game of 20-plus points in the month of March.

"Everyday I get out here, I feel a little bit better," Fultz said in Thursday's postgame press conference. "You're just seeing a guy who's going out there and competing and just appreciates the game and understands I don't' take this for granted.

"I'm continuing to get a chance to showcase the hard work that I'm putting in," he added. "Legs are under me better. I also have a different type of conditioning to be able to pick up and play on both ends of the floor."

Fultz's 13.8 points per game rank fourth on the Magic behind Wendell Carter Jr.'s 15.3, Franz Wagner's 18.7, and presumptive Rookie of the Year frontrunner Paolo Banchero's 20.1 points per game.

Banchero led the Magic to a 116-111 overtime win over the Clippers when the teams last met on Dec. 7. The rookie scored 23 points while Los Angeles' combination of Leonard and George were limited to a total of 25 points.

--Field Level Media

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Orlando Magic vs. Los Angeles Clippers Recap DEC 11TH 2021

Reggie Jackson scored 25 points, including the game-winning basket with 2.2 seconds left Saturday to lead the host Los Angeles Clippers over the Orlando Magic 106-104.

The Clippers made it three straight wins despite leading scorer Paul George missing his second consecutive game with a sprained right elbow. Nicolas Batum (ankle) was also out of the lineup for Los Angeles, which defeated Orlando for the 17th time in 20 meetings dating back to the 2011-12 season.

Luke Kennard scored a season-high 23 points and his 3-pointer gave the Clippers a 103-98 lead with 59.3 seconds left, but Terrance Ross made three free throws after being fouled on Orlando's next possession to bring the Magic to 103-101.

An Ivica Zubac free throw put Los Angeles ahead 104-101, but Cole Anthony sank a 3-pointer over Zubac with 23.6 seconds remaining to tie the score.

The Clippers then put the ball in Jackson's hands and he made a step-back jumper from the right side.

As time expired, Ross missed a potential game-tying shot from near the top of the key.

Kennard, making his second start of the season, sank seven 3-pointers as the Clippers finished 18-for-36 as a team from beyond the arc.

Terance Mann contributed 16 points -- nine in the third quarter -- and nine rebounds, while Zubac finished with 10 points and Justise Winslow had a season-high nine points off the bench.

Anthony hit five triples and led the Magic with 23 points. Franz Wagner had 11 of his 20 points in the third quarter, but the Magic dropped their ninth straight road decision.

Ross converted all 13 of his free-throw attempts and scored 22 points off the Orlando bench. Gary Harris scored 14 points, Mo Bamba had 11 points and seven rebounds and Wendell Carter Jr. had 14 rebounds and a career-high seven assists.

Orlando lost despite a decided advantage at the foul line. The Magic made 22 of 24 attempts, while the Clippers were 4-for-6 from the line.

With each team donning its 2021-22 Nike NBA City Edition uniform, Orlando led by as many as nine points (22-13) in the first quarter before the Clippers went on a 26-13 run en route to a 49-44 halftime lead.

--Field Level Media