Magic 96, Bulls 93, Nov. 3 Magic 113, Bulls 94, Dec. 31 Bulls 120, Magic 102, Feb. 24 Initial thoughts: The Magic play three of their next four games on the road after tonight's match-up, and will be looking for revenge after getting blown out by the Bulls last month in Chicago. In that game the Magic defense was terrible, allowing the Bulls to put up 120 points on 56.5 percent shooting from the field.Viewing info: Site: Amway Arena TV: Fox Sports Florida Radio: 580 AM WDBO Spanish Radio: 1030 AM WONQ Previous meetings this season:
The always deadly Tim Thomas killed the Magic in that game, scoring 17 points in just 24 minutes of action. A player like Thomas, who has no intention of doing anything except float outside the three-point line, shouldn't be giving the Magic major problems. Hopefully the defensive issues can get shored up for tonight's game. You can pretty much throw out the other match-ups between the teams out the window, since the Magic had Jameer Nelson instead of Rafer Alston, and the Bulls traded about half their team at the deadline last month. With playoff seeding on the line, this is a game the Magic absolutely need to get. The Magic will travel to Washington to take on the Wizards on Friday night, before returning home to host red-hot Utah, which has won 12 straight games. That game is followed up by a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday, at Cleveland then at Milwaukee. If the Magic can emerge from that stretch 4-1, they could catch or past Boston, anything less and the team is pretty much locked into the No. 3 seed and a potential first round match-up against the Detroit Pistons. No Hedo? After playing just 20 minutes on Monday night against the Pistons and managing just two points in the game, it was revealed the Hedo Turkoglu is struggling with a sore achilles tendon. The team has listed Turkoglu as questionable for tonight's game, and if he's not able to go look for more of the twin towers look, with Dwight Howard playing alongside Marcin Gortat in the frontcourt. I think the Magic will air on the side of caution with Hedo, it's much more important to have him ready to roll for the playoffs. Not to mention it's nice when both Gortat and Howard are down low for the Magic. It gives the team two legitimate shot blockers and rebounders on the court at the same time. Playoffs? The Magic can become the third team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a playoff spot with a victory tonight. It would be the second-earliest time for a playoff clinch in team history, behind the 1994-95 team, which needed only 61 games to acccomplish the feat. We all know how that season turned out. Additional Notes (Courtesy of the Magic): ** Orlando is 37-36 all-time vs. Chicago (21-14 at home, 16-22 on the road) during the regular season, including 2-1 this season. ** Orlando is 4-6 (2-3 at home, 2-3 at Chicago, 1995 Conference Semifinals, 1996 Conference Finals) during the playoffs. **The Magic have won nine of the last 12 regular season meetings overall. **Magic Senior VP Pat Williams served as Bulls GM from 1969-73. Here are some highlights from one of the biggest games in Orlando Magic history (hint: it involves the Bulls).