Game Preview: Chicago Bulls @ Orlando Magic
After being blown out by the Boston Celtics, the Orlando Magic will return to the court Monday night when they take on the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls are coming off a 105-93 loss to the Miami Heat Sunday.
The Magic are 20-60. The Bulls enter with a record of 43-37, sixth in the east.
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. In their last meeting, Chicago held off a late Magic rally for an 87-86 victory.
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 Amway s 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 James Capers, Brian Forte and Pat Fraher.
The Line: Chicago – 3.5 (191.5)
- Joakim Noah (foot) and Taj Gibson (knee) could return Monday.
- Jameer Nelson is out again with an ankle injury.
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