Game Preview: Orlando Magic @ Charlotte Bobcats
After being defeated by the Miami Heat Monday night, the Orlando Magic will be back on the hardwood Wednesday when they take on the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Magic enter with a record of 18-53 while the Bobcats are 16-54, so clearly this game has huge lottery implications.
These two teams have met three times this season. Back on December 15 in Charlotte, the Magic got 20 points from both Arron Afflalo and Glen Davis (neither will play in Wednesday’s game) en route to a 107-98 victory. On January 18 in Orlando, Kemba Walker scored 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists to lead the Bobcats to a 106-100 victory. In their last contest, on February 19, Walker had 24 points in a 105-92 Bobcats win.
The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (99.3), 26th in defensive rating (106.8) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (94.31). The Bobcats are 29th in offensive rating (97.7), last in defensive rating (109.1) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (94.13).
Tip-off from the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina 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 Bill Spooner, Eric Lewis and Josh Tiven.
The Line: Charlotte -3.0 (199.5u)
- *Nikola Vucevic is still suffering from his concussion and did not make the trip to Charlotte.
- Andrew Nicholson, who injured his ankle Monday, did not make the trip either.
- Hedo Turkoglu is eligible to return from his suspension, but whether or not he will play is unclear.
- Josh McRoberts, who was dealt from the Magic to the Bobcats in exchange for Hakim Warrick (who has since been waived) has a strained left shoulder and is listed as questionable. McRoberts is averaging 7.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 48.3% from the field in 24.9 minutes per game in Charlotte. With the Magic, McRoberts averaged just 3.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game. He shot just 39.2% from the field.
- Per Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel, if McRoberts can go, he’ll start at power forward.
- Veteran center Brendan Haywood is out for the season (stress reaction in left foot) while guard Ramon Sessions is out with a sprained left knee.
- These are the two worst teams in the league, so the right to have the best chance to draft Nerlins Noel, Ben McLemore, Marcus Smart, Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke or whoever is on!
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