Golden State Warriors vs. Orlando Magic Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 3rd 2022

Stadium: Amway Center Orlando
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The Golden State Warriors hope to vent the frustration of what they considered to be poor officiating in their previous game when they visit the injury-plagued Orlando Magic on Thursday night.

Golden State has lost three in a row to begin a five-game swing. After disappointing themselves in losses at Charlotte and Detroit, the Warriors blamed the officials for Tuesday's 116-109 defeat at Miami.

A key play in the close game occurred with 1:39 to play and Golden State trailing 112-109.

Warriors star Stephen Curry thought he was headed to the free-throw line for three shots when a foul was called on Jimmy Butler on a 3-point attempt. But after review, the refs overturned the call, awarding the ball to Miami, saying Butler's contact came after he got a hand on the ball.



The ruling upset Curry.

"It's an awful call," he said after the game. "... It's tough when I clearly felt a lot of contact. I don't know what they saw beside the high-five contact (on Curry's hand) they're talking about, but you gotta be allowed to finish your motion. Especially when you slow it down in slo-mo, it's pretty clear there's a lot of contact, but what do I know about calls?"

The Warriors never scored again.

Asked about the officiating afterward, Golden State coach Steve Kerr chose to concentrate on three "discontinued dribble" infractions whistled on Jordan Poole.

"I was shocked because basically the whole league does that," Kerr said of a violation otherwise known as carrying the ball. "They've been doing it ever since (former Philadelphia 76ers star) Allen Iverson convinced the referees that it wasn't a carry. It is a carry. What Jordan does is a carry, but the whole league's been doing it."

Curry finished with a triple-double (23 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists), but it wasn't enough to get the defending NBA champions their first road win of the season. They are now 0-4 away from home.

The Magic can relate. They fell to 0-6 on the road with a 116-108 loss to Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Already without injured Cole Anthony, Markelle Fultz, Gary Harris, Jonathan Isaac and Moe Wagner, the Magic had hoped the return of Jalen Suggs against the Thunder could move the team in a healthier direction.

Playing for the first time since suffering a sprained right ankle in the second game of the season, Suggs was able to log 28 minutes off the bench, recording nine points and four assists.

But even before he entered the game, the Magic lost another front-line player when Terrence Ross bruised his left knee in the first quarter. He did not return and is questionable for the Golden State game.

Ross had been part of a lineup in which the Magic started all players 6-foot-7 or taller against the Thunder. The tallest of the group -- 7-foot-2 Bol Bol -- gave a thumbs-up to the look after recording a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double.

"It's been extremely fun because we are all extremely talented," Bol observed. "We're all capable of making plays for each other, rebounding and blocking shots -- and we can all push the ball. It's very different for other teams."

--Field Level Media

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Golden State vs. Orlando Recap FEB 19TH 2021

Aaron Gordon led Orlando with 22 points and 15 rebounds as the Magic moved into a tie for first place in the Southeastern Division with a 103-96 win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night at home.

Terrence Ross added 16 points off the bench, and Nikola Vucevic had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Orlando has won seven of its last nine games and tied the Charlotte Hornets for the division lead.

Steph Curry had 33 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Golden State. DeMarcus Cousins and Klay Thompson each scored 21. Kevin Durant took the night off, missing his first game of the season.

The Warriors have lost back-to-back games for the first time since December and have lost four of their last six.

Orlando trailed 94-92 until Gordon hit a 3-pointer with 1:41 left to give the Magic their first lead of the fourth quarter. D.J. Augustin followed that up with a layup, Ross padded the lead with a couple free throws and the Warriors missed several open shots down the stretch. Orlando outscored Golden State 14-2 in the last three minutes of the game.

The Warriors led by 13 early in the fourth quarter, but Ross hit three 3-pointers during a 17-4 Magic run that tied the game at 89 with 4:21 left in the game.

Draymond Green gave the Warriors their first lead of the night when he finished a fast-break layup with 6:09 left in the third. That was part of a 18-3 run that put Golden State ahead 76-66.

Orlando led the entire first half, and Aaron Gordon's jumper at the buzzer gave the Magic a 59-51 halftime lead.

Orlando grabbed the lead with a 6-0 spurt to start the game and led by as much as 11 points. Golden State shot just 39.2 percent through the first two quarters. Curry scored the last 15 points of the first quarter for the Warriors and had 19 at the half.

Each team was coming off a disappointing outing. The Warriors fell to the Miami Heat when Dwyane Wade hit a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer. Orlando blew a 16-point lead to the New York Knicks.

Golden State finishes up its four-game road trip in Philadelphia, and Orlando kicks off a three-game road trip at Indiana -- both on Saturday night.

--Field Level Media


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