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Game Preview: Charlotte Bobcats at Orlando Magic

2014 March 28
by Andrew Melnick

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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).

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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)

Starters:

Charlotte Bobcats

Al Jefferson
Josh McRoberts
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Gerald Henderson
Kemba Walker

Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
Kyle O’Quinn
Maurice Harkless
Arron Afflalo
Jameer Nelson

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  • 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.

Bobcats Resources:

Bobcats Baseline
Bobcats Planet
Charlotte Observer
Queen City Hoops 
Roberto Gato
Rufus On Fire

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