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Time/TV: 8 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Timberwolves by 5.5
Tickets: $1-$180 on Vivid Seats
Season Series: Tonight in Minneapolis, Dec. 17 in Orlando
2) The Magic's Nik Vucevic and the Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic are good friends from their days playing with the Montenegran National Team. They even hung out today. But today, the two friends go up against each other, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
3) Glen Davis is learning some hard lessons about being a go-to player in three games with the Magic so far, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
4) Stan Van Gundy never won a championship with the Magic, but he won where it really mattered in Central Florida, Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel writes. His campaign to add one mill to Seminole County property taxes to be used to support Seminole County public schools passed.
5) After rallying from a 22-point deficit to win in Brooklyn earlier this week, Minnesota is looking to keep the momentum going with a win over Orlando, Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes. The Wolves bench has given a surprising lift in the fourth quarter this year, Ray Richardson fo the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes.
6) J.J. Barea was among the first players to get warned for flopping. But Barea tells Ray Richardson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he has no intention of changing the way he plays.
7) Rookie Alexey Shved is making the transition from European leagues to the NBA. It took him a while, but after three games Shved is getting more comfortable, Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes.