After defeating the Charlotte Bobcats and clinching the sixth seed on Wednesday, the Orlando Magic will finish the regular season in Memphis against the Grizzlies Thursday night. The Grizzlies, who defeated the Cavaliers Monday, are 40-25, one half game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers to in the western conference. A win means the Grizzlies will have home court while a loss gives the Clippers home court. Orlando enters with a record of 37-28.
This is the first meeting between these two teams this season.
The Magic rank 15th in offensive rating (105.2), 12th in defensive rating (104.1) and play at the league’s second-slowest pace (89.1). The Grizzlies are 20th in offensive rating (104.0), seventh in defensive rating (101.9) and play at the league’s 18th-fastest pace (90.9).
Tip-off from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee 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 Mike Callahan, Dick Bavetta and Marat Kogut.
The Line: Memphis – 15.0 (186u)
The Orlando Magic will be without Glen Davis after he sprained his ankle Wednesday, but they will get Hedo Turkoglu back after he missed 10 games.
The Magic will likely rest some of their banged-up veterans like Davis, Jameer Nelson and Quentin Richardson while the Grizzlies are playing for home court – expect this matchup to be fairly one-sided.
Josh Robbins has the complete starting lineup:
Magic starting lineup: Duhon, Wafer, Clark, Orton and Hedo.
— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) April 26, 2012
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