Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m.
TV: FS Florida Radio: AM 580 WDBO Spanish Radio: AM 1030 WONQ Previous meetings: Orlando 98, Philadelphia 88, Nov. 6 Orlando 96, Philadelphia 94, Nov. 26
Both teams are quite different than in their first two meetings, when the Magic won in closely contested games. The Sixers won't be without Elton Brand this time around, and the Magic obviously will be without Jameer Nelson.
After dropping four straight following the all-star break, the Sixers are on a two-game win streak after topping Washington and New York. Andre Miller had 25 points in last night's victory over the Knicks.
Tony Battie is averaging 14 points and 5 rebounds against the Sixers this season. In the teams' first meeting, all five Magic starters scored in double figures.
The Magic are going for their first season sweep of the Sixers since 1998. I'm keeping the notes pretty short today because it's Saturday and I want to see the sun. Enjoy the game. Some more games notes, courtesy of the Magic:
Orlando is 51-26 all-time vs. Philadelphia (29-9 at home, 22-17 on the road) during the regular season, including 2-0 this season.
The Magic are 1-3 in postseason play against the Sixers (1999 First Round).
Orlando has won 10 of the last 13 and 22 of the last 32 meetings overall.
The Magic have won eight of the last 10 meetings at home and six of the last nine on the road.
Jameer Nelson played 125 career games at Saint Joseph’s from 2000-04 and attended Chester High School.
Pat Williams, who spent 12 seasons as Sixers GM, serves as Senior VP for the Magic.
TV analyst Matt Guokas was born and raised in Philadelphia - He attended Saint Joseph’s, was the Sixers’ first round pick in 1966, played four seasons with Philadelphia, served as an assistant coach for three-plus seasons during the early-to-mid 1980s and was head coach from 1985-88.