Most of the league is in action on Wednesday in the NBA, with several teams still looking for their first victory. Here’s a look at some of tonight’s featured matchups:
Magic Seek First Win In Cleveland
The Orlando Magic go to Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in an Eastern Conference tilt. Tonight will be Orlando’s fourth road game in the first five games, with them seeking their first victory of the season.
They have several solid players on offense, including number-one draft pick Paolo Banchero, but have struggled while only putting up 107.3 points per game. PF Mo Wagner and SG Jalen Suggs are listed as questionable tonight with injuries.
Cleveland is off to a good start and is second in the Central Division behind the Milwaukee Bucks with a 2-1 record. They’re 11th in the league, scoring 116.7 points per game and shooting 49.2%. They’re also first in the NBA in three-point shooting at 44.3% and in free throw percentage, shooting 86.4% from the line as a team. New acquisition Donovan Mitchell has carried the offense and is third in the league, averaging 33.3 points per game.
Cleveland wins to stay perfect at home.
Hornets Look for Third Straight Road Win In New York
The Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks face off in an Eastern Conference matchup at Madison Square Garden tonight. The Hornets started the season with a 27-point blowout win over the San Antonio Spurs on the road but then lost their home opener against the New Orleans Pelicans.
They’re also the top-scoring team in the NBA, averaging 122.3 points per game. With LaMelo Ball out with an ankle injury, SG Terry Rozier has stepped up to lead the team with 23.5 points per game. However, he’s doubtful for tonight’s contest with an ankle injury of his own.
New York has been an early surprise this season with a 2-1 record and is perfect so far at home. They also played well against the Memphis Grizzlies in their only road game but came up just short in the 115-112 loss.
The Knicks have played solid defense, holding opponents to 107.7 points per game. However, their two wins were against the Pistons and Magic, who are two of the weaker teams in the league.
New York wins at home over the shorthanded Hornets.
Nets Face Bucks In Eastern Conference Showdown
The Brooklyn Nets wrap up their two-game road trip in Milwaukee tonight against the Bucks at Fiserv Forum. Brooklyn lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday and hopes to pick up their first road win.
Both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving had 37 points, but the Nets didn’t do enough on defense, giving up 134 points. Ben Simmons continues to struggle in his first few games. He shot 2 for 5, had five turnovers, and fouled out for the second time in three games.
The Bucks are 2-0 and atop the Central Division standings. They beat the Sixers on the road 90-88 in the season opener in Philadelphia and followed that up with a 125-105 win against the Houston Rockets in their last game.
Giannis Antetokounmpo dominated the young Houston lineup, scoring 44 points while making 17 of his 21 field goal attempts. Milwaukee is also giving up 96.5 points per game, which is the fewest in the league so far.
The Bucks win against the struggling Nets.