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Game 52: Magic vs. Nets GameThread

Two first-time All-Stars lead their perspective teams into action Saturday night in Orlando

NBA: Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Who: Brooklyn Nets (28-25) at Orlando Magic (21-31)
When: Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, 7:00 PM EST
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
OUT: Brooklyn - Crabbe (knee), Dinwiddie (thumb), Dudley (hamstring); Orlando - Simmons (abdomen)
Story-line: After dropping two close contests to the Nets last month, the Magic will look to salvage one game in the season series Saturday night at home. The Magic defeated the Indiana Pacers last Thursday night 107-100. Nikola Vucevic learned moments before tip-off that he was named as an NBA All-Star reserve, making him Orlando’s first All-Star since Dwight Howard. Brooklyn’s star lead-guard D’Angelo Russell was also named to his first All-Star game Friday afternoon, replacing injured guard Victor Oladipo. The Magic begin play Saturday night four games back of the eighth-seed in the Eastern Conference.

Brooklyn Orlando
Offensive Rating: 110.5 (14th) Offensive Rating: 106.0 (24th)
Defensive Rating: 110.3 (17th) Defensive Rating: 109.5 (14th)
Pace: 99.8 (16th) Pace: 97.8 (26th)
Projected Starters:
PG - D'Angelo Russell PG - D.J. Augustin
SG - Joe Harris SG - Evan Fournier
SF - Treveon Graham F - Aaron Gordon
F - Rodions Kurucs F - Jonathan Isaac
C - Jarrett Allen C - Nikola Vucevic

For perspective from the other side, check out the work of our SB Nation bloggers over at NetsDaily.

For an extended preview of tonight’s Magic/Nets game, check out our site’s preview here.

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