Coming of an overtime loss to the Utah Jazz, the Orlando Magic will play the Denver Nuggets Sunday night. The Nuggets are coming off of a 118-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns Sunday that improved their record to 35-28 currently the seventh seed in the west. The Magic are 36-27 and their magic number to clinch the sixth seed is one.
These two teams met on April 1 and the Nuggets held off the Magic for a 104-101 victory.
The Magic rank 15th in offensive rating (105.3), 12th in defensive rating (103.8) and play at the league’s second-slowest pace (89.1). The Nuggets are third in offensive rating (108.6), 21st in defensive rating (106.4) and play at the league’s second-fastest pace (94.2).
Tip-off from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado is scheduled for 8:00 pm EST. The game will be shown locally on FS Florida.
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 tonight’s game are Bill Spooner, Kevin Cutler and Leon Wood.
The Line: Denver – 11.0 (204.5)
Nuggets guard Wilson Chandler (hip) will miss the remainder of the season.
After completing last night’s overtime game after 1:00 am EST, the Magic should be gassed – they were moving very slowly in the overtime period.
In the first meeting between these two teams, each starting point guard went off. Jameer Nelson had 27 points and dished out five assists while Ty Lawson had 25 points, nine assists and five rebounds, including a game-clinching shot after Ryan Anderson sprained his ankle. Lawson is averaging 16.3 points, 6.6 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game this season.
The Jazz took advantage of the Magic inside while the Nuggets, who defeated the Magic with Howard watching from the bench, used their guards – Lawson, Arron Afflalo (22 points) and Andre Miller (15 points) had big games while Al Harrington scored 18 points. Ryan Anderson had 20 points for the Magic.
(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider (http://ESPNFlorida.com) and is the co-host of the ESPNFlorida.com Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. 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)