Ennis is currently dealing with a hamstring injury, which caused him to miss the entire preseason for the Magic. It will also cost him the first game of the regular season vs. the Heat, who are the defending Eastern Conference champions.
Dwayne Bacon is expected to draw the start at small forward in place of Ennis. He started at the position during the preseason and delivered some solid performances, averaging 9.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.0 steals over 25.0 minutes per game. It remains to be seen if he can carry that production into the regular season, but his ability to contribute in every category across the board does give him some appeal as a punt play with Ennis out of the lineup.
The Magic were able to make the playoffs last season, but expectations are low headed into 2021. They’re listed at +172 to make the playoffs on FanDuel Sportsbook, and they’re three-point home underdogs vs. the Heat in their first game of the year.
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