Dec 31, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson (14) drives against Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors Have Another Trap Game, Face Magic: Game Preview

Dec 31, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson (14) drives against Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors, on Tuesday night, will face another opponent who could potentially pull of another upset at Oracle Arena in the Orlando Magic. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

The last time the Golden State Warriors were at home, they were embarrassed in front of their own fans, getting blown out by the lowly Cavaliers.

Then, they went on the road and defeated the Trail Blazers in a thriller.

It’s been that kind of inconsistent season for the Warriors, and on Tuesday night, they face another opponent who could potentially pull of another upset at Oracle Arena in the Orlando Magic.

The Magic, with a record of 19-48, are no doubt a horrendous basketball team, even by the standards set by the horrific Eastern Conference this season. They have lost five straight and it would seem to be in their better interest to gain a higher spot in the lottery than win meaningless games.

But of course, they’re not just going to give up. The Warriors have fallen to plenty of inferior opponents at home this season already, such as the Duncan-Parker-Ginobli-less Spurs, the Bobcats, and recently, the Cavaliers. The Magic boast some talent on their roster who are more than capable of lighting it up, such as Arron Afflalo, Nikola Vucevic, and rookie sensation Victor Oladipo off the bench.

At this stage of the season, it’s easy for the Warriors to let their minds wander. They are coming off an exhilarating win in Portland, and seeing a team such as Orlando on the schedule could spell trouble if they believe that they can just put in half the effort and still win.

Why? Because they’ve done it before, and the results weren’t pretty.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors

  • Points per game: 103.5 (T-10th)
  • Field-goal percentage: 45.9% (T-9th)
  • Three-point percentage: 37.7% (6th)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 43.4% (3rd)
  • Rebounds per game: 45.3 (T-4th)
  • Turnovers: 15.2 (T-26th)

Magic:

  • Points per game: 97.1 (23rd)
  • Field-goal percentage: 44.4% (22nd)
  • Three-point percentage: 34.8% (24th)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 45.5% (15th)
  • Rebounds per game: 42.3 (19th)
  • Turnovers: 13.8 (11th)

Last Meeting

The Warriors defeated the Magic 94-81 on the road back on Dec. 31. David Lee led the way with 22 points, while Stephen Curry dished out eight assists.

History Says

Courtesy of Warriors.com game notes:

  • The Warriors have lost eight of the last 10 games against the Magic, including their last two home games.
  • The Warriors haven’t swept the Magic since 1991-92 (Golden State has only swept Orlando twice in franchise history).

Injury Report

GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) is out.

ORL: None

Probable Lineups

GOLDEN STATE (42-26)

  • F Andre Iguodala (9.3 PPG)
  • F David Lee (18.5 PPG)
  • C Andrew Bogut (7.8 PPG)
  • G Klay Thompson (18.0 PPG)
  • G Stephen Curry (23.4 PPG)

ORLANDO (19-48) 

  • F Maurice Harkless (7.2 PPG)
  • F Kyle O’Quinn (5.2 PPG)
  • C Nikola Vucevic (14.1 PPG)
  • G Arron Afflalo (19.5 PPG)
  • G Jameer Nelson (12.4 PPG)

Game Info

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA

TV: LOCAL

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