The Orlando Magic have now won three straight games. They’ll try to continue their winning ways on the second night of a back-to-back against in Cleveland against the Cavaliers Tuesday night.
After losing to the Minnesota Timberwolves in heart breaking fashion on a Michael Beasley layup with 5.9 seconds to play Sunday night, the Cavaliers fell to 8-22. It was their 13th loss in their last 14 games. The Magic, on the other hand, have really turned it around, winning three straight games, including a 104-88 victory over the New Jersey Nets Monday night to improve their record to 19-12.
These two teams met in Orlando November 26th with the Magic winning 111-100 behind Dwight Howard’s 23 points and 11 rebounds.
The game will be shown locally on FSN Florida. 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 Quicken Loans Arena is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST.
The Line: Orlando – 7.0
Leon Powe (lacerated right middle finger) and Daniel Gibson (flu-like) symptoms are questionable for the game while Joey Graham (strained right quadriceps) is out.
The officials will be Michael Smith, Brian Forte and Eric Lewis.
Opponent To Watch: Antawn Jamison, F – Jamison had a rough start to the season and was even forced to come off the bench. Jamison has scored 20+ points in three of his last four games. He’s scoring 17.4 points per game in November and has bumped his average back up to 14.4 points per game. Of course, a lot of this is the product of simply getting more shots because he’s still shooting just 41.7% from the field, which is the lowest shooting percentage of his career. Jamison scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in Cleveland’s first meeting with the Magic and despite his decreasing skills, he can still present problems for Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson.
What To Watch For: Despite Orlando’s three-game winning streak, they’re still not getting high shooting percentages from their two new guards, Gilbert Arenas and Jason Richardson. That looked like it was starting to change Monday night when Richardson went 5-of-10 from the field and Arenas went 4-of-9 from the field. In each game, the two have made an effort to take better and better shots and I’d look for that trend to continue.
Ryan Anderson is still struggling with his shooting stroke but has managed to score 10 points in each of the last three games an has really made an impact on the glass, grabbing 21 rebounds in his last two games. Without a backup Center, Anderson is going to be called up to continue to rebound well.
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