GameDay Preview: Cavs vs. Magic

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Game Summary

The Wine and Gold host the Orlando Magic tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Cleveland (21-33) will seek their fifth straight victory after defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 114-85 last night in the City of Brotherly Love. Three Cavaliers recorded double-doubles (Tyler Zeller 18 points, 15 rebounds, Tristan Thompson 12 points, 10 rebounds, Anthony Bennett 10 points, 11 rebounds) in route to the blowout win.

Orlando (16-39) enters tonight's contest having lost 13 straight road games after falling to the Bucks 104-100 last night in Milwaukee.

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - Jarrett Jack, SF - Luol Deng
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Tyler Zeller

Magic: PG - Jameer Nelson, SG - Arron Afflalo, SF - Tobias Harris
PF - Glen Davis, C - Nikola Vucevic

Status Update: (Cavs) - Carrick Felix, (Left patellar Stress Fracture, Out), Anderson Varejao, (Sore Back, Out), Dion Waiters, (Left Knee Hyperextension, Doubtful)

(Magic) - None to Report

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

The Cavaliers have won five straight meetings with the Magic, including their two matchups this season. In their last meeting on Jan. 2, Anderson Varejao tallied 18 points and 25 rebounds in an 87-81 overtime victory at The Q.

All-time, the Wine and Gold are 42-48 against the Magic (26-18 Home, 16-30 Road).

Key to the Game/Key Matchup

Spacing the Floor

The Wine and Gold have averaged 104.4 points during their five-game winning streak due in large part to better spacing on the offensive end.

Cleveland is shooting 43.8 percent from 3-point range during the streak. Irving is 10 for 16 over the last five games while Luol Deng, Anthony Bennett and C.J. Miles are a combined 19 for 38 during that stretch.

If the Cavs can continue to knock down open shots and stay spread on the perimeter, it will allow for easy baskets inside.

Key Matchup

Bench Battle

With both teams having played the night before, rotating players and keeping fresh legs will be a key in tonight's matchup.

The Magic’s reserves are averaging 27.4 ppg and have outscored (or tied) the opponent’s reserves 26 times.

Over the past six games, the reserves are averaging 47.7 points per game. On the season, the Cavs reserves have the 2nd- highest scoring bench in the East at 37.5 points per game (5th in the NBA) and have outscored the opponent’s bench in 39 of 54 contests.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio, Radio: WTAM 1100, NBA League Pass Audio, XM & Sirius 218

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.

Be sure to check for Joe Gabriele's live in-game blog providing instant analysis and game notes. Plus, get into the discussion as die-hard Cavs fans talk about the game on CavFanatic's GameDay Thread.

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On Deck

After tonight's game, the Cavs will travel to Toronto on Friday to take on the Raptors at 7:00 p.m. ET.