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Game 70: Magic vs. Cavaliers GameThread

The Magic must win this game

NBA: Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Who: Orlando Magic (31-38) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (17-51)

When: Thursday at 7 p.m. EST

Where: Amway Center - Orlando, Florida

TV: Fox Sports Florida, NBA League Pass

Line: Magic -8, Over/Under 211.5

Storyline: The Magic, two games behind the Heat for the eighth spot after dropping four of their last five games, start a five-game homestand where anything less than a 4-1 record would be considered a disappointment. The Magic simply have to win this game.

Injuries: Orlando - Isaiah Briscoe (out), Mo Bamba (out), Markelle Fultz (out); Cleveland - Tristan Thompson (out), Matthew Dellavedova (out), Larry Nance Jr. (out)

Projected Starters:

Orlando - D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic

Cleveland - Collin Sexton, Brandon Knight, Cedi Osman, Kevin Love, Ante Zizic

For a preview of Thursday’s Magic/Cavs game by our Preston Ellis, click here.

For some pregame reading material, check out our Garrett Townsend’s story on the Magic, the Wizards and the other teams involved in the battle for the eighth spot in the East. Also be sure to listen to the latest episode of the “Heart & Hustle” podcast, as longtime Magic executive Pat Williams joins the guys.

For some perspective from the other side, visi our friends at the Cavs community Fear the Sword.

And as always, join the conversation below...