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Utah Jazz matchup watch: Magic's Serge Ibaka vs. Jazz's Derrick Favors

Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) shoots between Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, left, and forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Oklahoma City won 99-94. (AP Photo
Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) shoots between Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, left, and forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Oklahoma City won 99-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Sue Ogrocki, AP

The Utah Jazz are back on the floor as they face off against the Orlando Magic Friday night in Orlando.

The Magic are 3-5 on the season after back-to-back losses to the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

One of the key matchups between the Jazz and the Magic will be at the power forward spot where Derrick Favors will square off against Serge Ibaka.

Ibaka is in his first season with the magic after spending the first seven years of his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is an inside presence on the defensive end who can also step out and knock down the 3-point shot.

In eight games this season, Ibaka is averaging 13 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the floor. In three wins, those numbers go up to 16.3 points on 50 percent shooting, according to Basketball-reference.com.

If the Jazz are to take home another road win, it is important for Favors to limit Ibaka's scoring opportunities by making him take tough shots or just to keep him from shooting. In Orlando's wins, he averages 12.7 shots and 2.7 free throws while in the losses he puts up just 9.8 shots and 2.0 free throws.

While limiting Ibaka's shots is a big part of the equation for Favors, so is making shots of his own. He is shooting 52.4 percent shooting in Jazz wins, but just 36.4 when he plays in the Jazz defeats.

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.