Who: Chicago Bulls (14-44) at Orlando Magic (27-32)
When: Friday, February 22nd, 7:00 PM EST
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
Line: Orlando -8.5, O/U: 217
Injuries: Orlando - Bamba (OUT), Fultz (OUT), Mozgov (OUT); Chicago - Carter Jr. (OUT), Hutchison (OUT), Valentine (OUT)
|Offensive Rating: 103.5 (30th)||Offensive Rating: 107.2 (22nd)|
|Defensive Rating: 112.0 (22nd)||Defensive Rating: 108.3 (9th)|
|Pace: 98.9 (21st)||Pace: 98.2 (26th)|
|PG - Kris Dunn||PG - D.J. Augustin|
|SG - Zach LaVine||SG - Evan Fournier|
|SF - Otto Porter, Jr.||F - Aaron Gordon|
|PF - Lauri Markkanen||F - Jonathan Isaac|
|C - Robin Lopez||C - Nikola Vucevic|
Read our preview of tonight’s Magic/Bulls game here.
For perspective from Orlando’s opponent tonight, check out the work of our friends over at Blog a Bull.
For some pregame reading, check out Mike Cali’s exclusive interview with recently inducted Orlando Magic Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer David Steele.
Quotes from Coach Clifford’s pregame conference:
Clifford when asked about his dinner recently w/ former Magic HC Stan Van Gundy ~ “I think actually he paid. Listen, if Stan says (I’m) paying, I worked for him for a long time...I’m letting him pay. If he says you’re paying, I pay.”
Clifford on Fournier’s play heading into the All-Star Break ~ “His assists were up. I think it was more high pick-and-rolls (he’s played very well in). He and Jonathan (Isaac) were the two guys from an offensive efficiency standpoint that really played at a higher-level.” -
Clifford on the recently acquire Porter, Jr. ~ “He had 37 last game, I think he’s averaging like 23 (points). The one thing I’ll say, he’s playing as a ball-handler in the pick-and-roll a bit more. Their (CHI) super skilled - their two, three, and four they’re going LaVine, Porter, Markkanen. That is, even for this league, exceptional skill. They have you spread out, he’s like 53% on three’s since he’s been there.”
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