NBA: Orlando Magic vs Denver Nuggets: Injury Report, Predicted Lineups and Starting 5s
In a cross-conference matchup, the Orlando Magic will travel to the Ball Arena to face the Denver Nuggets. The previous time the two teams played, Magic’s Cole Anthony put on an all-around performance, scoring 24 points, grabbing eight rebounds, and dishing out seven assists in a win.
The Orlando Magic are coming off a 13-point loss to the league-leading Phoenix Suns. Jalen Suggs led the Magic with 20 points in the 132-105 defeat, while the Suns had all of their starters scored in double figures.
In the last matchup, the Nuggets defeated the Toronto Raptors, with Nikola Jokic making a game-saving block to preserve a one-point lead. Pascal Siakam scored 35 points despite shooting 72.7 percent from the field in the 110-109 loss.
The Orlando Magic (13-45) are in 14th place in the Eastern Conference, and their game against the Nuggets will cap up a four-game road trip. Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets (31-25) are in sixth place in the Western Conference, attempting to improve their postseason seeding as the playoffs approach.
Injury Update for the Orlando Magic
Bol, the Ex-Nugget After undergoing surgery on his right foot, Bol was traded to the Magic and has yet to appear in a game. Moritz Wagner has been absent for the last three games due to a left rib contusion and is expected to miss the upcoming match. Due to an MCL sprain in his left knee, R.J. Hampton will miss the game.
Injuries to the Denver Nuggets
Zeke Nnaji is categorized as questionable for the upcoming match due to hamstring stiffness in his right leg. Monte Morris is also classified as questionable after suffering a concussion and following the league’s protocol. After undergoing surgery on his right foot, Vlakto Cancar is listed as out.
Michael Porter Jr. will miss the rest of the season due to back surgery. Jamal Murray, who is recuperating from an ACL tear, has no specific comeback date.
Predicted Lineups for Orlando Magic vs. Denver Nuggets
Cole Anthony and Jalen Suggs will take up the squad’s backcourt duties, with Anthony leading the team in scoring with 17.8 points per game. Forward spots will be filled by Franz Wagner and Wendell Carter, with Mo Bamba serving as the team’s starting centre.
The second unit will be led by Terrence Ross, Gary Harris, and Chuma Okeke, with Robin Lopez, Ignas Brazdeikis, and Admiral Schofield splitting minutes.
Backcourt players Bones Hyland and Will Barton will start, with forwards Aaron Gordon and Jeff Green filling in. Nikola Jokic, the team’s skipper and leading scorer, will start at centre.
Recently, JaMychal Green and Facundo Campazzo have gotten a lot of playing time off the bench, with Austin Rivers also contributing. Bryn Forbes and DeMarcus Cousins are also expected to make significant contributions.
Orlando Magic vs Denver Nuggets: Predicted Starting 5s
Point Guard – Cole Anthony | Shooting Guard – Jalen Suggs | Small Forward – Franz Wagner | Power Forward – Wendell Carter | Center – Mo Bamba.
Point Guard – Bones Hyland | Shooting Guard – Will Barton | Small Forward – Aaron Gordon | Power Forward – Jeff Green | Center – Nikola Jokic.