Game Preview: Memphis Grizzlies @ Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic lost their second consecutive game Friday night, a 118-110 defeat at the hands of the Houston Rockets. The loss dropped their record c to 16-43. The Magic will be back in action when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday evening. The Grizzlies, coming off of a 98-91 loss to the Miami Heat Friday, enter with a record of 38-19, fourth best in the Western Conference.
These teams met just over a week ago. Despite playing just seven players due to trades an injuries, the Magic were competitive all night, before eventually falling 88-82. Maurice Harkless had 19 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (99.7), 26th in defensive rating (106.2) and play at the league’s 17th-fastest pace (93.96). The Grizzlies are 21st in offensive rating (100.5), second in defensive rating (97.3) and play at the league’s third-slowest pace (91.8).
Tip-off from the Amway Center is scheduled for 6:00 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 Monty McCutchen, Brian Forte and Karl Lane.
The Line: Memphis – 7.5 (185.5u)
Point guard Jameer Nelson continues to be listed as doubtful despite practicing Saturday.
Memphis power forward Zach Randolph has an ankle injury, but still managed to play 37 minutes in Miami Friday.
(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.)