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Game Preview: Orlando Magic at Charlotte Bobcats

2014 April 4
by Andrew Melnick

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The Orlando Magic are coming off of a 119-98 blowout loss at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. The Charlotte Bobcats were also in action Wednesday night when they blew out the Philadelphia 76ers 123-93.

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.

They played again on March 28 and the Magic rallied and eventually won the game in overtime 110-105. Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 23 rebounds.

The Magic are now 21-54 while the Bobcats are 37-38.

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The Magic rank 27th in offensive rating (99.4), 19th in defensive rating (104.7) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (96.09). The Bobcats are 22nd in offensive rating (101.4) eighth in defensive rating (101.8) and play at the league’s 21st-fastest pace (94.85).

Tip-off from the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina 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, Karl Lane and James Williams.

The Line: Charlotte – 10 (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).
  • Josh McRoberts* missed Wednesday’s game with a sprained ankle. Rookie Cody Zeller started in his place.
  • Jeff Taylor (right Achilles surgery) is out for the season.

Bobcats Resources:

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

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