Tipoff between Orlando and Houston is set for 7:00 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM in Orlando. The Orlando Pinstriped Post GameThread will appear at 5:00 PM in this StoryStream and on the cover.
Orlando's last time out: The Magic dropped their fourth straight game Friday in the Big Apple, falling by a 121-83 final against the New York Knicks. The hosts drained 17 triples in the contest, more than offsetting Arron Afflalo's efficient 20-point outing and continuing the Magic's disturbing inability to defend the arc.
Houston's last time out: The Rockets stopped a two-game losing skid Friday with a blowout victory over the shorthanded Golden State Warriors. Houston limited Golden State, playing without offseason signee Andre Iguodala, to 35.5 percent shooting overall and sprinted out to a 31-12 lead after the first quarter, from which deficit the Warriors never recovered. James Harden poured in 34 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
In 2012/13: Houston swept the two meetings between the teams, winning both by an eight-point margin. On April Fool's Day, Omer Asik dominated with a team-best 22 points and a game-best 18 rebounds as Houston picked up a win even without Harden. Maurice Harkless set a career-high with 28 points.