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Game Preview: IND at ORL

by Scott Agness | January 15, 2013

Matchup

The Pacers wrap up a three-game road trip near Disney World on Wednesday, facing off against the Orlando Magic (13-24). Over the weekend the Magic ended a 10-game losing streak with a surprise three-point win in Los Angeles against the Clippers. Prior to that victory, the Magic’s losing streak included losses to Toronto (twice), New Orleans and Washington.

They have been competitive, with 11 of their last 13 games being decided by eight points or less. The other two were blowouts, including a 29-point loss to Washington on Monday.

The Magic are now back home, where seven of their 13 wins have come, for five of their next six games – beginning with Wednesday’s game with the Pacers at 7 PM EST.

The Magic have had to manage through injuries, utilizing 13 different starting lineups this season, compared to just five for the Pacers. Hedo Turkoglu suffered a broken left hand in their season-opener and has missed 30 games. Al Harrington, the former Pacer acquired in the offseason deal for Dwight Howard, had arthroscopic surgery on his knee and then needed three more operations because of a staph infection. He hasn’t played at all this season, but has begun to practice.

Orlando has also eagerly awaited the return of Glen Davis, who returned Monday after missing 11 games with a sprained shoulder. As charted bythe Orlando Sentinel, he’s a big key for Orlando’s success. They are just 1-10 without him and allow almost 15 points more per game without Davis in the lineup. Indiana native E’Twaun Moore is available once again, after missing seven games with an elbow injury.

Lately, Arron Afflalo has been their leader on the floor, scoring almost 18 points in about 37 minutes per game, both team-highs. Point guard Jameer Nelson is the delegator, passing for eight dimes a game in addition to his 15 points per game average. When the Magic turn to their bench, sharpshooter J.J. Redick has been the guy they turn to for a boost. He’s playing the most minutes of his career, and averaging career-bests by far – 15 points and five assists per contest.

Probable Starters

George Hill

George Hill

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Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson

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Paul George

Paul George

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David West

David West

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Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert

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Jameer Nelson

Arron Afflalo

DeQuan Jones

Andrew Nicholson

Nikola Vucevic

Injury Update

Pacers: Danny Granger (out, left knee), Lance Stephenson (questionable, sore left foot)
Magic: Gustavo Ayon (out, right thigh contusion), Al Harrington (out, right knee rehabilitation)

Noteworthy

  • The Magic have won eight of the last nine regular season meetings but lost the last four meetings, all coming in the first round of last year’s playoffs.
  • Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn, 37, is the youngest coach in the NBA. 39-year-old Frank Vogel is second-youngest.
  • The Pacers drafted Al Harrington in 1998 and he played with the team from 1998-2004 and for 36 games in 2006.
  • Josh McRoberts, a Carmel, Indiana native, played three seasons with the Pacers (2008-2011).
  • E’Twaun Moore won a state title at East Chicago Central and played at Purdue University from 2007-2011.

Last Meeting

These two teams met in the first round of the playoffs last season, with Indiana winning the final four meetings to take the series in five games. Because of the changeover in Orlando since last season, let’s take a look at their most recent meeting, even if it was in the preseason:

The Magic won in convincing fashion over the Pacers, 112-96. Shooting 55 percent in the game, they took control in the third quarter, leading by as many as 19 points. Glen Davis had 21 points, Jameer Nelson scored 15 and J.J. Redick finished with 12 points and eight assists.

Playing without Danny Granger or George Hill, the Pacers went an abysmal 2-of-19 from three-point range and were outscored 62-40 in the paint. Six Pacers scored in double figures, led by a game-high 23 points from Tyler Hansbrough. David West chipped in 14 and Paul George added 13 points along with seven rebounds.

Broadcast Information | Find Local Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Brooke Olzendam (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 1070 The Fan, Pacers Radio Network - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Austin Croshere (analyst), Michael Grady (host)

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