Orlando Magic @ Chicago Bulls

Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson (L) drives on Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose during the second quarter at the United Center in Chicago on January 2, 2010. UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom

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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

Starters:

Chicago Bulls

Joakim Noah
Carlos Boozer
Luol Deng
Keith Bogans
Derrick Rose

Orlando Magic

Dwight Howard
Rashard Lewis
Quentin Richardson
Vince Carter
Jameer Nelson

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.

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, co-host of CB Sports Radio from 5-7 pm week days (1420sports.com) and ESPN 1080′s Magic Insider (http://espn1080.com). Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here).

Tags: Brandon Bass Carlos Boozer Derrick Rose Dwight Howard J.j. Redick Jameer Nelson Joakim Noah Mickael Pietrus Orlando Magic Quentin Richardson Rashard Lewis Vince Carter

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