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(4-2) vs. (2-5)
Time/TV: 7 p.m./FSFlorida
Line: Rockets by 1.5
Tickets: $1-$900 on Vivid Seats
Season Series: March 1 in Orlando; April 1 in Houston
1) Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports the Magic will exercise their option on Nikola Vucevic's contract for the 2013-14 season. Vucevic is expected to start at center on opening night and is embracing his opportunity in Orlando.
2) The goal for tonight's game? Jacque Vaughn said it is to keep everyone healthy and avoid any further injuries.
3) Dwight Howard revealed in an interview with Stephen A. Smith that he really wanted to go to New Jersey/Brooklyn last year and expected to get traded before the season began.
4) For Chandler Parsons, tonight's game is a homecoming as the Lake Brantley High School product returns to the city he grew up in. As Jonathan Feigen of Ultimate Rockets writes, Parsons has taken on a leadership role in just his second year in the NBA. Christian Eddleman of The Dream Shake finds little not to like about the Orlando-area product.
5) Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes about some of the challenges E'Twaun Moore faces as he converts to point guard in the NBA, especially after he struggled against Memphi on Wednesday. Last week, I noted that Moore is still searching for his natural position in the NBA.
8) Tony Dungy tells Shannon Owens of the Orlando Sentinel the Magic will be just fine. However John Hollinger of ESPN.com writes that the Dwight Howard deal was not the only questionable move Orlando made and predicts a 16-win season.
9) Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris will both be out for tonight's game for the Rockets, Jonathan Feigen of Ultimate Rockets writes.