The Orlando Magic are coming off another huge victory, this time a 104-98 overtime win over the Miami Heat. The Spurs defeated the Washington Wizards Monday night, pushing their record to 27-13. The Magic enter with a record of 28-15.
These two teams met back on January 18 when the Spurs defeated the Magic 85-83 in overtime.
The Magic rank 13th in offensive rating (104.6), 11th in defensive rating (101.7) and play at the league’s fourth-slowest pace (89.5). The Spurs are sixth in offensive rating (107.7), 14th in defensive rating (103.4) and play at the league’s 13th-fastest pace (91.3).
Tip-off from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas is scheduled for 8:30 pm EST. 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 FM 96.5 and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.
The officials for this tonight’s games are Mike Callahan, Olandis Poole and Leroy Richardson.
The Line: San Antonio – 5.5 (191u)
San Antonio Spurs
*Manu Ginobili is questionable with sore hip flexor.
**Jason Richardson is out with a sprained left ankle.
The talk will again surround Dwight Howard and his decision not to exercise his ETO. However, the Magic will be taking on the Spurs, who have the fourth-best record in the league.
Tony Parker has been the star for the Spurs, averaging 19.8 points and 7.9 assists per game, leading the team in both categories. Jameer Nelson is coming off of what might have been his best game of the season – 25 points in a win over the Miami Heat – and will have to make Parker work on the defensive end since Nelson is almost sure to struggle defending Parker. Parker had 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in San Antonio’s earlier win over Orlando.
Dwight Howard, who has been on an absolute tear in his last few games – he’s averaging 27.9 points and 15.6 rebounds per game in March (seven games) – will have a few bodies thrown at him, including starting center DeJuan Blair, Tim Duncan and Tiago Spliiter.
- Just over a month away from turning 36, Duncan is averaging 14.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Duncan had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the first meeting.
- The oft-injured Manu Ginobili’s status is up in the air again due to a sore hip flexor. He’s averaging 12.6 points per game in just 13 games this season.
- Rookie Kawhi Leonard has started 16 games for the Spurs and has averaged 7.4 points per game. He’s putting 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game so far in March.
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