Game Preview: Orlando Magic @ Miami Heat
It’s the season finale! The Magic, who are coming off a blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls, will end the season in Miami against the Heat.
The Magic enter with a record of 20-61, tied for the worst in the league while the Heat are 65-16, best in the league.
In their first battle, the Heat survived, coming away with a 112-110 overtime victory. LeBron James dominated the extra period, scoring eight of the Heat’s 13 overtime points. James finished with 36 points and 11 assists on the night. Nikola Vucevic had a huge game for the Magic, finishing with 20 points, 29 rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists. Arron Afflalo was Orlando’s leading scorer, tallying 28 points. When these two teams met again, there were several controversial calls down the stretch and the Heat eventually came away with a 97-96 victory on a James game-winner. James finished with 26 points while Vucevic again dominated the Heat, finishing with 25 points and 21 rebounds. Vucevic missed the last meeting on March 25 and the Heat took advantage, cruising to a 108-94 victory behind 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds from LeBron James.
The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (98.9), 25th in defensive rating (106.6) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (94.49). The Heat are first in offensive rating (110.3), seventh in defensive rating (100.5) and play at the league’s 23rd-fastest pace (92.96).
Tip-off from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida 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 Derrick Stafford, Tre Maddox and Leroy Richardson.
The Line: Miami – 5.5 (191u)
- The Anthony-Howard-Lewis-Miller-Cole starting lineup is what the Heat used Monday in a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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