Orlando Magic @ Dallas Mavericks: Al Harrington Out
The Orlando Magic will head to Dallas to take on the Mavericks Wednesday night.
The Magic fell to the Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday night and are now just two games ahead of the Bobcats, who are a league worst 13-40. Orlando is 15-38. The Mavericks sit at 23-29 and are 4.5 games beyond the Houston Rockets for the final playoff spot in the western conference.
These two team met in Orlando on January 20. Led by Shawn Marion’s 20 points and 10 rebounds, the Mavericks held off a late Magic rally to win 111-105.
The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (102.0), 25th in defensive rating (108.0) and play at the league’s 17th-fastest pace (91.5). The Mavs are 13th in offensive rating (105.1), 19th in defensive rating (106.5) and play at the fourth-fastest pace (94.6).
Tip-off from the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas is scheduled for 8:30 pm EST. The game will be shown locally on FS Florida.
As always, if you can’t watch the game, you can listen on the radio – in English on AM 580 WDBO and FM 96.5 and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.
The officials for tonight’s game are Jason Phillips, Matt Boland and Leon Wood.
The Line: Dallas – 11.5 (206.5u)
Center Chris Kaman has missed six straight games with a concussion and won’t play Wednesday. Because of their injuries, former Florida State big man Bernard James is now starting at center. O.J. Mayo (sprained ankle) is listed as probable. Mayo scored 10 points in 29 minutes in Tuesday’s 123-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Former Magic guard Vince Carter led the Mavericks with 26 points Tuesday, passing Larry Bird for 29th on the all time scoring list.
Magic forward Al Harrington, who the Magic hoped could return before Thursday’s trade deadline to showcase him for a potential trade, will not play because his knee can’t “pass inspection,” according to Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel. Harrington has not played this season.
(Andrew Melnick is a blogger for Magic Basketball Online and a contributor at SB Nation. Andrew has covered the Orlando Magic for four years and also works as a radio host. You can follow him on twitter here.)