Game Preview: Orlando Magic @ Philadelphia 76ers
After being defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers Saturday night, the Orlando Magic will return to the court Tuesday night when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers. The loss dropped Orlando to 15-41 while the 76ers, who have lost five straight games, sit at 22-32.
These two teams met just over three weeks ago in Philadelphia. The 76ers came away with a 78-61 win behind 21 points and 14 rebounds from Spencer Hawes. E’Twaun Moore had 18 points to lead the Magic.
The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (101.9), 26th in defensive rating (108.4) and play at the league’s 17th-slowest pace (91.5). The 76ers are 29th in offensive rating (101.2), 12th in defensive rating (105.2) and play at the eighth-slowest pace (90.5).
Tip-off from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST and 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, Olandis Poole and Eddie F. Rush.
The Line: Philadelphia – 10.o (189.5u)
Jameer Nelson remains out with a knee injury. However, with the addition of Beno Udrih, who had 10 points and seven assists in his Magic debut Saturday, the loss won’t be as great as it would have been earlier in the 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.)