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Tonight's Game: Orlando Magic at Milwaukee Bucks

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2008/2009 NBA Regular Season
Orlando Magic 20th anniversary logo
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Milwaukee Bucks alternate logo
49-18 31-38
March 18th, 2009
Bradley Center
8:00 PM
Sun Sports HD
Probable starters:
Rafer Alston PG Ramon Sessions
Courtney Lee SG Richard Jefferson
Hedo Turkoglu SF Luc Mbah a Moute
Rashard Lewis PF Charlie Villanueva
Dwight Howard C Francisco Elson
Previous Meetings:
November 24th: Magic 108, Bucks 101

I'm pretty burned out after last night's loss to Cleveland, which means today's preview is regrettably brief. Milwaukee was able to knock off the defending champion Boston Celtics on Sunday, thanks in large part to the defense of former Magic guard Keith Bogans' stifling defense on Paul Pierce, who shot 5-of-15 and committed 7 turnovers. KeBo also grabbed a game-high-tying 12 rebounds. Off the bench. Oddly, the bigger story coming out of that game was Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva's decision to Tweet at halftime, for which he received a stern rebuke.

The Bucks are a solid defensive team--16th in efficiency, first in turnover rate--but not so much in the middle, as their -4.2 PER differential at center is second-worst in the league. Boston's Kendrick Perkins scored 26 points in defeat on Sunday. If Perkins, he of the 8.4-points-per-game average, can light up the Bucks for 26, then Dwight Howard should have a relatively easy time getting to 30, no?

As much as I'm rooting for Milwaukee, coached by former Magic fan-favorite point guard Scott Skiles, to win the race for the East's 8th seed, I'd rather Orlando deal it a big blow tonight. Tip's at 8. Go Magic.