Game Preview: Orlando Magic @ Chicago Bulls
It was a different game but the same story for the Orlando Magic Wednesday night. The Magic fell behind early, rallied, but came up short, falling to the San Antonio Spurs 98-84. The Magic will get back to work Friday night when they take on the Chicago Bulls.
The Magic are 19-57 and trail the Charlotte Bobcats by just a half-game for the worst record in the league. After a victory over the Brooklyn Nets Thursday night, the Bulls are now 41-33, sixth in the Eastern Conference.
These two teams have met twice this year and played two very close, competitive games. On November 6 in Chicago, the Bulls rallied to defeat the Magic 99-93. Luol Deng led the Bulls with 23 points. On January 2, Carlos Boozer scored a season-high 31 points to hold off a later Magic rally, giving the Bulls a 96-94 victory. Jameer Nelson, who missed the first matchup, led all scorers with 32 points.
The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (99.3), 26th in defensive rating (106.8) and play at the league’s 14th-fastest pace (94.48). The Bulls are 25th in offensive rating (100.1), fifth in defensive rating (100.0) and play at the league’s fourth-slowest pace (91.99).
Tip-off from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois is scheduled for 8:00 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 Tom Washington, Jason Phillips and Eli Roe.
The Line: Chicago – 8.5 (190.5u)
- Joakim Noah remains out with a foot injury.
- Jameer Nelson is out again with an ankle injury.
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