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Game Preview: Orlando Magic @ Milwaukee Bucks

2013 March 17

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After nearly coming back to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night, the Orlando Magic will be back in action Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee when they take on the Bucks. The Bucks are coming off a home loss to the Miami Heat Monday night, their third straight loss.

Orlando enters with a record of 18-48 while Milwaukee 32-32.

These teams met back on February 7th in Milwaukee. Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings combined for 41 points to hold off a late Magic rally. Nikola Vucevic had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic. Then Magic and now Bucks guard J.J. Redick had 15 points and eight assists.

They’ll see each other again in Orlando on April 10th.

The Magic rank 25th in offensive rating (99.6), 26th in defensive rating (106.6) and play at the league’s 17th-fastest pace (94.20). The Bucks are 21st in offensive rating (100.9), 12th in defensive rating (102.0) and play at the league’s third-fastest pace (97.27).

Tip-off from the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin is scheduled for 1:00 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 Derrick Stafford, Pat Fraher and Gary Zielinski.

The Line: Milwaukee – 8.5 (207u)

Starters:

Milwaukee Bucks

Larry Sanders
Ersan Ilyasova
Marquis Daniels
Monta Ellis
Brandon Jennings

Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
Tobias Harris
Maurice Harkless
Arron Afflalo
Jameer Nelson

Magic fans get to see J.J. Redick! The former Orlando fan-favorite is averaging 14.2 points per game with the Bucks and 15.0 points per game on the season.

Bucks Resources:

Behind The Buck Pass
Brew Hoop
Bucksketball
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Andrew Melnick is a Senior 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.