Tipoff between Orlando and Minnesota is set for 8 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM in Orlando. The Orlando Pinstriped Post GameThread will appear at 6 PM in this StoryStream and on the cover.
Orlando's last time out: The Magic wilted after halftime in Tuesday's 97-87 loss to the Indiana Pacers. The home team built a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter as the Magic's offense struggled to generate good looks and their defense became more permissive. All-Star swingman Paul George scored 25 for Indiana, while Andrew Nicholson scored all of his Orlando-leading 18 points in the first half.
Minnesota's last time out: The Timberwolves concluded their preseason with a 99-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. Pistons forward Josh Smith hit the winning three-pointer as time expired, sending Minnesota to defeat despite 19 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists from Kevin Love.
In 2012/13: The two teams split the season series at one game apiece, with each club prevailing on its home floor. The Magic came up victorious in the most recent meeting, limiting Minnesota to 32 second-half points as it rallied after intermission. Magic forward Glen Davis had the game of his life, scoring 28 points on 13-of-17 shooting to lead Orlando.