Game Preview: Los Angeles Clippers @ Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic will attempt to get above .500 for the first time this season when they host the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night. After starting the season with two road losses, the Magic have won two in a row, defeating the New Orleans Pelicans and Brooklyn Nets.
Magic rookie Victor Oladipo should get a stiff test trying to guard former Magic fan favorite, J.J. Redick, who is averaging 17.3 points per game and the game’s best point guard, Chris Paul, who has gotten off to an incredible start, putting up 26.5 points and a league-best 13.3 assists per game.
The Magic rank eighth in offensive rating (105.1), fifth in defensive rating (98.6) and play at the league’s 12th-fastest pace (97.1). The Clippers are first in offensive rating (119.5) last in defensive rating (112.9) and play at the league’s fifth-fastest pace (99.60).
Tip-off from the Amway Center 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 Zach Zarba, JT Orr and Gary Zielinski.
The Line: Los Angeles -7.0 (209.5)
Los Angeles Clippers
- Forward Tobias Harris’ ankle injury has kept him out of every game this season and the Magic now say Harris will be out “indefinitely.”
- Not only do the Clippers have Redick, but former Magic swingman Matt Barnes is also a member of the Clippers. He’s averaging 6.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
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