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Game Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic

2014 April 2
by Andrew Melnick

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The Orlando Magic staged a fourth quarter rally, but fell just short of their third straight victory Sunday evening, falling to the Toronto Raptors 98-93. The Cleveland Cavaliers were last in action Sunday when they defeated the Indiana Pacers 90-76.

These two teams met once this season back on December 13 in Orlando. The Cavaliers came away with a 109-100 victory behind 31 points from Kryie Irving. Victor Oladipo had 26 points in the loss.

They played again on January 2 and the Magic blew a nine-point lead in the final minute, eventually losing in overtime 87-81. Anderson Vareajo had 18 points to lead the Cavaliers while Glen Davis had 16 points (on six-of-19 shooting) and 13 rebounds for the Magic.

They dueled for a third time on February 19 and the Cavaliers won 101-93 behind 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists from Irving.

The Magic are now 21-53 while the Cavaliers are 30-45.

The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (99.3), 17th in defensive rating (104.4) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (96.10). The Cavaliers are 24th in offensive rating (100.5) 20th in defensive rating (105.0) and play at the league’s 19th-fastest pace (95.44).

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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 Bill Spooner, Derrick Collins and Scott Twardoski.

The Line: Cleveland – 1.5 (196.5)

Starters:

Cleveland Cavaliers

Spencer Hawes
Tristan Thompson
Luol Deng
Dion Waiters
Kyrie Irving*

Orlando Magic

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

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  • *Kyrie Irving (strained left biceps) is expected to return.
  • #1 overall pick Anthony Bennett is out for personal reasons.
  • Carrick Felix (stress fracture), Sergey Karasev (right knee tendinitis), C.J. Miles (sprained left ankle) and Anderson Varejao (sprained right shoulder) are out indefinitely.

Cavaliers Resources:

Cavs: The Blog
Cavaliers Blog
Cleveland Plain-Dealer
Fear the Sword
Right Down Euclid
Stepien Rules

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