Game Preview: Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic were blown out by the Miami Heat 112-98 Saturday night. The Philadelphia 76ers were also in action Saturday and were also blown out, this time a 122-103 defeat at the hands of the Washington Wizards.
The Magic are 18-43 while the 76ers are 15-44.
This will be the fourth and final meeting between the two teams.
The Magic defeated the 76ers on November 27 behind 21 and 16 rebounds from former Sixer Nikola Vucevic.
The 76ers won the rematch 127-126 in double overtime on December 3. Two rookies, Michael Carter-Williams (27 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) and Victor Oladipo (26 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) had triple doubles and Arron Afflalo scored 43 points.
They got together again on Wednesday and the Magic snapped a 16-game road losing streak with a 101-90 victory behind 17 points and 11 rebounds from Oladipo and 21 points and 13 rebounds from Vucevic.
The Magic rank 25th in offensive rating (99.3), 18th in defensive rating (104.7) and play at the league’s 18th-fastest pace (95.95). The 76ers are last in offensive rating (96.3) second-to-last in defensive rating (107.1) and play at the league’s fastest pace (102.63).
Tip-off from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida is scheduled for 6:00 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 Monty McCutchen, Courtney Kirkland and James Williams.
The Line: Orlando – 11.0 (214)
- Jameer Nelson will not play due to a sore calf. Ronnie Price will start in his place.
- Arron Afflalo has missed the last three games with an ankle injury and won’t play Sunday.
- Nerlens Noel (left knee surgery), former Magic guard Jason Richardson (left knee surgery) and Lorenzo Brown (torn ligaments in right wrist) are out indefinitely.
- Brandon Davies (right pinky finger surgery) is out 4-6 weeks.
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