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Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls Game Preview

The Orlando Magic face a tough test Friday evening when they host the Chicago Bulls in a nationally televised matchup of strong Eastern teams. Orlando's amassed a 5-2 record, good for third in the East, but has done so against mediocre competition. In contrast, three of Chicago's six wins have come against teams that made the playoffs last season, and another was against the rejuvenated Los Angeles Clippers led by Chris Paul.

The big buzzword for the Magic following their easy win Wednesday against the Washington Wizards was "energy." Getting off to a strong, energetic start is of the utmost importance against any great club, but it'll prove difficult against a Bulls team that plays slowly on offense and relentlessly on defense.

Tipoff is set for 8 PM on ESPN nationally and Sun Sports locally.

2011/2012 NBA Season
6-1 (4-1 away)
Won 5
5-2 (4-0 home)
Won 1
January 6th, 2012
Amway Center
8:00 PM
ESPN / Sun Sports
Probable Starters
Derrick Rose PG Jameer Nelson
Ronnie Brewer SG Jason Richardson
Luol Deng SF Hedo Turkoglu
Carlos Boozer PF Ryan Anderson
Joakim Noah C Dwight Howard
2010/11 Advanced Stats
90.4 (T-22nd) Pace 91.4 (17th)
108.3 (11th) ORtg 107.7 (T-14th)
100.3 (T-1st) DRtg 101.8 (3rd)
Game Officials
Ken Mauer
John Goble
Derek Richardson