Game Preview: Orlando Magic @ Indiana Pacers
After giving up 45 fourth quarter points, 25 coming from Monta Ellis, in a 115-109 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Orlando Magic will return to the court Tuesday when they take on the Indiana Pacers. The loss dropped the Magic to 18-49 while the Pacers, who are coming off of 111-90 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, are 41-26.
These two teams met back on January 16 and the Magic pulled off a 97-86 upset victory. Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Magic while Paul George led all scorers with 20 points. Just 11 days ago, the Pacers got some revenge, blowing out the Magic 115-86 behind 25 points from George.
The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (99.8), 26th in defensive rating (106.4) and play at the league’s 17th-fastest pace (93.89). The Pacers are 20th in offensive rating (100.8), first in defensive rating (92.46) and play at the league’s fifth-slowest pace (93.09).
Tip-off from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana 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 in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.
The officials for tonight’s game are Eric Jones, Eric Dalen and John Goble.
The Line: Indiana – 11.0 (193u)
Andrew Melnick is the 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.