Game Preview: Charlotte Bobcats at Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic are coming off of a 95-85 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday night, breaking a nine-game losing streak.The Charlotte Bobcats were last in action Wednesday night when they defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116-111 in overtime.
These teams met in Charlotte back on December 11 and the Magic came away with a 92-83 victory behind 17 points from Jameer Nelson.
They met again on January 17 and the Bobcats got 30 points and 16 rebounds out of Al Jefferson en route to a 111-101 victory.
The Magic are now 20-52 while the Bobcats are 35-37.
They will meet again in a week.
The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (99.1), 17th in defensive rating (104.4) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (96.22). The Bobcats are 23rd in offensive rating (100.8) ninth in defensive rating (101.8) and play at the league’s 21st-fastest pace (94.92).
Tip-off from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida 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 Bennett Salvatore, Dick Bavetta and Tony Brown.
The Line: Charlotte – 4.5 (193.0)
- Brendan Haywood (left foot surgery is out indefinitely).
- Gary Neal (sprained ankle/knee) is out.
- Jeff Taylor (right Achilles surgery) is out for the season.
- Jameer Nelson practiced this morning and WILL be available.
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