National Basketball Association
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Orlando at Cleveland
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 27, 2021
Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland Cavaliers would like nothing more than to halt their current losing streak.

And head coach J.B. Bickerstaff's team is not alone.

The Orlando Magic tip off a two-game road swing on Saturday night in Cleveland. It marks the season's first meeting between the Eastern Conference foes as both clubs look to stop five-game slides.

The Cavaliers have not won since Nov. 13 -- a 91-89 decision over Boston -- as their overall record has slipped below the .500 mark following a 9-5 start. The Orlando matchup ends Cleveland's four-game homestand, which included single-digit defeats to the red-hot Phoenix Suns as well as the Brooklyn Nets.

Phoenix outscored the Cavaliers 13-8 over the last three minutes on Wednesday, securing a 120-115 victory and the 14th consecutive win for the Suns. Cleveland's Jarrett Allen had 25 points and 11 rebounds, highlighted by a 9-for-10 shooting performance from the floor, and teammate Cedi Osman came off the bench to make five 3-pointers and score 23 points in 28 minutes.

Darius Garland added 19 points and Lauri Markkanen had 14 points against Phoenix, while Ricky Rubio (15 points, five assists) and Kevin Love (14 points, eight rebounds) also provided key minutes off the bench for Cleveland.

"Obviously, it was a tough evening for us, but for 48 minutes we were right there," Osman said after the Phoenix loss. "We compete. That's what we do from the beginning of the season. Obviously, it's a very tough game for us because we knew that we had a chance to win this game, but we just couldn't pull it off. We got another game on Saturday and we just have to get ready for that game."

The undermanned Cavaliers press on with guard Collin Sexton out for the remainder of the season following knee surgery. Versatile 6-foot-11 rookie Evan Mobley is listed as probable for Saturday as he recovers from a sprained right elbow, while Lamar Stevens is questionable with a right ankle sprain.

Orlando is among the league leaders in most games missed by injured players.

The Magic started the season without Markelle Fultz (knee), Jonathan Isaac (knee), Michael Carter-Williams (ankle) and E'Twaun Moore (knee). Leading scorer Cole Anthony also missed his fourth consecutive game on Friday because of a sprained right ankle.

Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman spoke with the media on Friday. Much of the discussion centered around Orlando's injury situation and how it has affected a young roster directed by new head coach Jamahl Mosley, who was a Cleveland assistant coach from 2010-14.

"Clearly, we're still facing injuries that we brought into the season and some that we've developed this season that have kind of shuffled the roster around a little bit," Weltman said. "But I think there's been great internal growth, and I think that our young players are getting better. They're soaking up a lot of minutes, a lot of experience that I think will serve them and our team well in the long run."

Orlando has lost eight of its last nine games, while Friday's 123-88 loss to Chicago was the Magic's biggest this season. Five of Orlando's 16 defeats have come by 25 or more points.

Former Bulls first-round pick Wendell Carter Jr. excelled against his former team with a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds, but Chicago outscored Orlando 68-42 in the second half.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Orlando 4-16 L5 1-8 3-8 0-0 4-16 0-5 2-14
Cleveland 9-10 L5 4-6 5-4 0-0 9-10 1-0 6-5
Last Meeting
Orlando Cleveland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/28/21 ORL 109 CLE 104 109 49 50.6 104 45 40.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Orlando G. Harris 19 56.2 0
Cleveland D. Garland 25 41.7 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Orlando J. Ennis III 8 1 7
Cleveland J. Allen 13 6 7
Assists Player  
Orlando G. Harris 7
Cleveland D. Garland 10
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Orlando C. Anthony 361 41.3 62
Cleveland D. Garland 345 44.3 40
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Orlando W. Carter Jr. 223 50 173
Cleveland J. Allen 209 60 149
Assists Player  
Orlando C. Anthony 110
Cleveland R. Rubio 144
Quickchart Matchup
Orlando Orlando Off vs  Cleveland Cleveland Defense
Orlando Off vs Cleveland - Points For 100.2 Points For
Orlando Off vs Cleveland - Points Against 103.5 Points Against
Orlando - FG% 41.2 FG%
Cleveland - FG% 45.2 FG%
Orlando - Reb 44.6 Reb
Cleveland - Reb 44.5 Reb
Cleveland Cleveland Off vs  Orlando Orlando Defense
Cleveland Off vs Orlando - Points For 102.9 Points For
Cleveland Off vs Orlando - Points Against 111.2 Points Against
Cleveland - FG% 44.4 FG%
Orlando - FG% 45.9 FG%
Cleveland - Reb 44.4 Reb
Orlando - Reb 47.0 Reb