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The homestand continues as the Magic look to gain some ground in playoff race and Elfrid Payton looks to extend his triple-double streak

NBA: Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Who: Orlando Magic (33-38) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (31-42)

When: Wednesday at 7 p.m. EST

Where: Amway Center - Orlando, Florida

TV: Fox Sports Florida, NBA League Pass

Line: Magic -9, Over/Under 224

Injuries: Orlando - Mo Bamba (out), Markelle Fultz (out), Isaiah Briscoe (out); New Orleans - Anthony Davis (out), Jrue Holliday (out), E’Twaun Moore (out)

Storyline: The Magic, in the third game of a five-game homestand, seek a third straight win. Trailing Miami by 1.5 games, the Magic have a chance to gain some ground on the Heat, who play at San Antonio. The shorthanded Pelicans, who snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Dallas on Monday, will be without Anthony Davis (personal) and Jrue Holiday (abdomen). Leading the way will be Julius Randle and former Magic point guard Elfrid Payton, who has recorded five consecutive triple-doubles.

PROJECTED STARTERS:

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

New Orleans - Elfrid Payton, Frank Jackson, Kenrich Williams, Julius Randle, Jahlil Okafor

For an in-depth preview on the Magic/Pelicans game by our Preston Ellis, click here.

For some pregame reading material, read about how Michael Carter-Williams made a strong first impression in his Orlando Magic debut.

For some perspective from the other side, visit our friends at the Pelicans community The Bird Writes.

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