The Orlando Magic are just 1.5 games back of the eighth and final seed, and can gain some ground on the current seventh-seeded Brooklyn Nets with a victory on Friday.
The Nets, just two games ahead of the Magic, are on a bit of a hot streak, winning six of their previous eight games. That included impressive victories over both the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics this week.
But the Magic have won four in a row at home. Can they keep the streak alive and crawl one game closer to playoff-seeding?
Mo Bamba is available and will play tonight, according to head coach Steve Clifford. Khem Birch will also get minutes at the center position.
“We don’t want to get him (Bamba) too tired.”
What: Orlando Magic (19-25) vs Brooklyn Nets (23-23)
Where: Amway Center - Orlando, Florida
When: Friday at 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: Fox Sports Florida, NBA League Pass
Line: Nets -1, Over/Under 216
Injuries: Magic - Mo Bamba (available, foot), Timofey Mozgov (out, knee); Nets - Allen Crabbe (out, sore right knee), Jared Dudley (out, left hamstring strain), Caris LeVert (out, subtalar dislocation, right foot), Dzanan Musa (out, left shoulder subluxation)
|Pace: 98.6 (20th)||Pace: 97.0 (26th)|
|ORtg: 111.3 (13th)||ORtg: 106.0 (26th)|
|DRtg: 111.9 (21st)||DRtg: 110.0 (14th)|
|PG - D'Angelo Russell||PG - D.J. Augustin|
|SG - Joe Harris||SG - Evan Fournier|
|SF - Treveon Graham||F - Jonathan Isaac|
|F - Rodions Kurus||PF - Aaron Gordon|
|C - Jarrett Allen||C - Nikola Vucevic|
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GAME #45 TONIGHT— Orlando Magic PR (@Magic_PR) January 18, 2019
(pregame show at 6:30 p.m.)
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