After defeating the Detroit Pistons 90-79 on Tuesday night, the Magic will have to travel to Chicago to take on the Bulls Wednesday night. That win improved the Magic to 13-4, which is the best record in the Eastern Conference and second best record in the NBA (Boston is also 13-4, San Antonio is 15-2). The Bulls enter the game with a record of 9-6, which has them in first place in the Central Division. Chicago hasn’t played since Saturday when they defeated the Sacramento Kings 96-85.
The Bulls’ big-time free agent acquisition, Carlos Boozer, is expected to make his debut for the team. Boozer averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds as a member of the Utah Jazz las season.
The game will be shown locally by Sun Sports. As always, if you can’t watch the game, you can listen on the radio – in English on AM 580 WDBO and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.
Tip-off from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois is scheduled is scheduled for 8:00 pm EST.
Boozer is going to give it a go in Tuesday night’s game while Magic guard J.J. Redick is out with a stomach virus.
The Line: Chicago – 2
The officials will be James Capers, John Goble, and Haywoode Workman.
Opponent To Watch: Derrick Rose, PG -The former #1 pick is now a legitimate MVP candidate. He’s averaging 26.6 points, 8.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. In other words, he’s a hand full for any opponent and Jameer Nelson is going to have an extremely difficult task ahead of him, especially playing on tired legs on the second night of a back-to-back.
What To Watch For: This is going to be an extremely difficult game. Not only are they getting Carlos Boozer back but they should be well-rested, having not played since Saturday night. It will be interesting to see what kind of legs the Magic have. The Magic have responded pretty well so far, going 3-1 on the second night of back-to-backs.
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