Game Preview: Orlando Magic @ Memphis Grizzlies
After dealing J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon, Josh McRoberts and Ish Smith Thursday, the Magic will be back in action Friday when they take on the Grizzlies in Memphis. Orlando was defeated by the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, dropping their record to 15-39. Memphis, winners of five straight, is now 35-18 and fourth in the west.
This is the first meeting between these two teams this season.
The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (102.0), 26th in defensive rating (108.1) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (91.6). The Grizzlies are 17th in offensive rating (104.5), second in defensive rating (100.3) and play at the league’s third-slowest pace (89.1).
Tip-off from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee is scheduled for 8:00 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 Ken Mauer, Kevin Cutler and Kane Fitzgerald.
The Line: Memphis – 14.0 (186.5u)
The Magic will be short-handed after dealing four players Thursday. The newcomers (Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb, Beno Udrih and Hakim Warrick (who will likely be waived)) won’t play until Saturday. Al Harrington WILL dress, but it is unclear if he will join the team on the floor.
#Magic veteran Al Harrington will dress tonight for 1st time all season to give team 8 “healthy” bodies. Up to JVaughn whether he plays.
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) February 22, 2013
With Jameer Nelson and his latest knee injury joining Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu on the bench, that leaves the Magic with just eight players available. Its tough to see the Magic being competitive Friday night. Instead, feel free to listen to this J.J. Redick tribute that was put together by the David Baumann Show!
(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.)