Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks will be taking on Paolo Banchero and the Orlando Magic tonight. With the 2023-2024 NBA season finally underway, teams like the Hawks and Magic and eager to get off to a good start in order to potentially earn a spot in the NBA playoffs.
At the moment, the Atlanta Hawks hold a record of 4 wins and 3 losses. Similarly, the Orlando Magic have an identical record to the Hawks. Both teams are currently occupying the 5th and 6th positions in the Eastern Conference standings.
As both these teams get ready to face off with the hopes of improving their positioning in the conference, fans might want to know the injury reports and expected rosters. After all, that will help us understand which players are expected to play tonight. Additionally, a prediction for this game between the Hawks and Magic will also be made towards the end.
Trae Young looks healthy for the Atlanta Hawks vs Orlando Magic game tonight
Hawks fans will be relieved to hear that Young looks healthy and is expected to play in this game against the Magic. Although the Hawks made a few changes to their roster in the NBA offseason, there is no denying that Young continues to be the face of the franchise and the leader of the team.
While Trae does look good to go for this matchup, the same cannot be said about all the other players on both sides expected to play tonight. That said, here are the injury reports and expected starting lineups for this match between the Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic.
Atlanta Hawks injury report
- Mouhamed Gueye (questionable)
- Wesley Matthews (out)
- Kobe Bufkin (out)
Atlanta Hawks expected starting lineup
- Trae Young
- Dejounte Murray
- Jalen Johnson
- De’Andre Hunter
- Clint Capela
Orlando Magic injury report
- Markelle Fultz (out)
- Gary Harris (out)
- Wendel Carter Jr, (out)
- Jonathan Issac (questionable)
- Kevon Harris (out)
Orlando Magic expected starting lineup
- Anthony Black
- Jalen Suggs
- Paolo Banchero
- Franz Wagner
- Goga Bitadze
Although there are quite a few injuries listed for both sides, the majority of the main stars look healthy and are expected to play in this game. Now, let us take a look at the expert predictions.
The Hawks are slightly favored over the Magic tonight
While both teams might have a similar record at the moment, we believe that the Atlanta Hawks will win this game against the Magic. Trae Young and Dejounte Murray are expected to be the more talented and experienced duo on the court tonight.
The Orlando Magic could certainly steal this game against the Hawks. However, a lot more players on their roster are injured and they clearly won’t be at full strength tonight. As a result, we have Atlanta winning this game against the Orlando Magic.