Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets will be taking on the Orlando Magic tonight. The Joker is having another MVP-tier season and carrying his team to hold the best record in a loaded Western Conference. More than halfway into the NBA season, they are the 1st seed at 38 wins and 17 losses.
Jokic and the Nuggets will be looking for a win tonight against the Orlando Magic. Contrary to the Nuggets, the Magic are not doing too well this season with a record of 22 wins and 33 losses. That only gives them the 13th spot in the Eastern Conference.
As both these teams get ready to play, let us take a look at the injury reports and expected rosters for this matchup. Knowing that will help in forming an expert prediction for this game.
Nikola Jokic looks healthy for the Denver Nuggets vs Orlando Magic game tonight
Thankfully for Nuggets fans, Jokic looks healthy and good to go for this game against the Magic. While Orlando is not considered a contender, Denver will still want Jokic on the floor to get a win over them. This season, the Joker is averaging 24.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 10.2 assists. He isn’t just putting up empty numbers as most of his performances end up in wins.
While Jokic is certainly a dominant player on the court, he will not be the only one impacting it in this game tonight. That said, here are the injury reports and expected rosters for both the Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic.
Denver Nuggets injury report
- Jamal Murray (questionable)
- Zeke Nnaji (questionable)
- Collin Gillispie (out)
Denver Nuggets expected roster
- Nikola Jokic
- Michael Porter Jr
- Aaron Gordon
- Ish Smith
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Orlando Magic injury report
- Gary Harris (questionable)
- Mo Bamba (out)
Orlando Magic expected roster
- Paolo Banchro
- Markelle Fultz
- Franz Wagner
- Cole Anthony
- Jalen Suggs
As we can tell, the Nuggets will be missing Jamal Murray. On the other side, the Magic will not be playing Mo Bamba or Gary Harris tonight. Finally, here are the expert predicitions for this game.
The Nuggets will be favored over the Magic tonight
This is quite an easy prediction to make. Denver is clearly the more superior and experienced team. Additionally, they also have a star-studded roster when compared to the Magic. This core is proving to be one of the best teams in the NBA at the moment. Moreover, they also beat the Magic earlier this season.
Therefore, they will be favored over Orlando, which is, in comparison, a young and inexperienced team. While it is certainly possible for them to catch the Nuggets off guard and potentially win this game, they will not be favored tonight.