Magic at Bucks: Orlando opens unofficial second half

Brandon Knight - Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The league's worst road team faces its worst home team Tuesday.

The Orlando Magic open the unofficial second half of their season Tuesday when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks on the first leg of a back-to-back set.

Tipoff between Orlando and Milwaukee is set for 8:00 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM in Orlando. The Orlando Pinstriped Post GameThread will appear at 6:00 PM in this StoryStream and on the cover.

Orlando's last time out: The Magic suffered a narrow defeat in their last game before the All-Star Break, falling to the visiting Memphis Grizzlies by an 86-81 final. Memphis big man Zach Randolph dominated, scoring 20 points in a low-possession affair and making the game-deciding buckets late in the fourth quarter.

Milwaukee's last time out: The Bucks lost their fourth straight game Wednesday, 102-98, against the New Orleans Pelicans at home. Brandon Knight scored 22 for Milwaukee and Gary Neal added 18 off the bench, but the Bucks had no answer for the Pelicans' offense: New Orleans shot 51.9 percent from the floor and placed seven players in double-figure scoring, with Eric Gordon tallying 21 points to lead the way.

More Bucks coverage: Brew Hoop

The last meeting: On January 31st, the Magic smoked Milwaukee by a 113-102 final. Arron Afflalo scored 21 points and Tobias Harris tallied 18 points and six rebounds off the bench in a game that only looks as close as it does because the Bucks posted 38 fourth-quarter points. Caron Butler scored 20 off the bench for Milwaukee.

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