The Orlando Magic will try to put an end to their two game losing streak when they take on the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night.
These two teams met just over two weeks ago when the Kings took down the Magic 111-105 behind Jermaine Taylor’s 21 points. Orlando gave a terrible defensive effort and lost the game despite Dwight Howard’s 31-point, 17-rebound night.
The Kings rank sixth in pace (94.4), 25th in offensive rating (103.0) and 20th in defensive rating (109.2).
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 the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California is scheduled for 10:00 pm EST.
The Line: Orlando – 9.5, 204u
Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel says Magic guard Jason Richardson has a severe head cold but plans to play.
Tyreke Evans remains out for the Kings with plantar fasciitis in left foot. Samuel Dalembert (sore knee), Jason Thompson (sore ankle) and Marcus Thornton (sore back) are listed as questionable for the Kings while DeMarcus Cousins (sore right shin) is listed as probable.
The officials will be Bill Kennedy, Eric Lewis and Gary Zielinski.
Opponent To Watch: Jermaine Taylor, G – The former Central Florida star lit the Orlando Magic up for 21 points earlier this year despite not playing down the stretch. Early on, Taylor had an easy time getting to the hoop with Jason Richardson covering him and got some easy baskets. The Magic have really struggled with perimeter players and although Taylor is coming off the bench this time around, he has a chance to do it again.
Wing Marcus Thornton, who was sent to the Kings in exchange for Carl Landry, has torched the Magic over his young career, averaging 20.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in two meetings with the Magic.
What To Watch For: The Magic need to cut down on their turnovers. They had an excellent chance to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers without Dwight Howard Monday night but turned the ball over 19 times to Portland’s nine and came away with an 89-85 loss. The Magic also go through stretches of extremely poor defense. In their last meeting with the Kings, they gave up 111 points on 52.0% shooting (42-of-80) from the field.
(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger 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).
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