The Sacramento Kings roll into Central Florida tonight to face an Orlando Magic team that has been on a rocky road this season, especially on their home court.
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Just how bad have the Magic been in the Magic Kingdom this season? The Magic have the league’s worst home record at 9-21. Yes, this team – that is among the youngest in the league – has more wins in the road (10) then they do at home.
So what is the reason behind Orlando’s home morass? Nobody really knows, but what people, especially tortured Magic fans, know is that ever since they moved into their new palace in 2011, Orlando has not had great success on its home court.
Remember back in the day where going into the old Amway Arena (formally the Orlando Arena) was an intimidating experience? The crowd was almost on top of the teams on the court, and when the Magic were rolling, the arena was on fire.
The old arena was not a kind place whenever Sacramento paid a visit, as a trip to the Magic Kingdom has usually ended in a loss. But even though the Magic are struggling in their new home, when it comes to the Kings, the same results has applied. In fact, the old Arena was the sight of this infamous fight that most Kings fans still remember (skip to 3:16 to see the fight):
But tonight may be the best time yet for the Kings to finally get a win in Orlando, despite the fact that the Magic has a starting unit that, if kept together, could do major damage in the league for years to come, and give Sacramento plenty of problems in the present.
Victor Oladipo has come into his own, and is on pace to become the Magic’s next big name, and Nikola Vucevic is a double-double machine. Add in the act that rookie point guard Elfrid Payton is playing up to potential, and this team has the tools to provide a lot of headaches for Sacramento.
But the Magic’s sorry play at home could bring the Kings with a much needed road win on this nine-game odyssey across the Eastern Conference. A stop in Orlando could do wonders for the Kings.