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Orlando Magic at New Orleans Hornets Game Preview

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Orlando Magic can rebound from their second deflating loss to the Boston Celtics in three days on Friday when they take on the New Orleans Hornets. After losing Chris Paul and David West over the summer, New Orleans faces a full rebuild mode. Unfortunately for it, Eric Gordon, the star shooting guard it received from the Los Angeles Clippers in the Paul trade, has appeared in just two games due to knee injury. As a result, the Hornets are simply awful offensively.

Friday's is Orlando's fourth game in five nights, and the schedule hardly relents from there: the Magic have an off day Saturday, but then play yet another back-to-back Sunday and Monday. Orlando must take advantage of this opportunity to fatten up: New Orleans has lost nine straight games and has won just once at home in 10 tries.

2011/2012 NBA Season
Orlando Magic alternate logo
New Orleans Hornets alternate logo
12-6 (6-3 away)
Lost 1
3-15 (1-9 home)
Lost 9
January 27th, 2012
New Orleans Arena
8:00 PM
Sun Sports
Probable Starters
Jameer Nelson PG Jarrett Jack
Jason Richardson SG Marco Belinelli
Hedo Turkoglu SF Trevor Ariza
Ryan Anderson PF Jason Smith
Dwight Howard C Emeka Okafor
2011/12 Advanced Stats
89.4 (25th) Pace 88.5 (29th)
104.7 (10th) ORtg 98.4 (25th)
100.9 (T-12th) DRtg 103.9 (T-21st)
Game Officials
Monty McCutchen
Eric Lewis
Mark Lindsay