Game night preview
ORLANDO MAGIC at CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
Thursday, Feb. 11. 8:00 p.m. TNT
Quicken Loans Arena
It’s the matchup Orlando Magic fans have been waiting for. It’s a contest that may go a long way in determining who has the upper hand in the Eastern Conference. The Cleveland Cavaliers (42-11, 23-3 home) and Magic (36-17, 16-12 road), each seeded No. 1 and 2 respectively in the East at the beginning of the week, will clash in a pivotal meeting on Thursday, the final night before the All-Star break, at 8 p.m. ET in the Forest City. This will be the second meeting between these two clubs this season. The Cavaliers won in O-Town in November. Last season, Cleveland and Orlando battled in a memorable playoff series, featuring extraordinary comebacks by the Magic, a game-winning buzzer-beater by LeBron James and a monster performance by Dwight Howard to seal Orlando’s trip to the NBA Finals. Unlike 2008-09, however, each team’s roster is vastly different. The Cavs possess one of the game’s all-time greatest centers in Shaquille O’Neal and the Magic have eight-time All-Star Vince Carter to go along with a deeper bench. Although they will be exhausted playing for the fifth time in seven days, the Magic understand how important this game is and one can expect them to come out with a vengeance in front of a national audience. This is a can’t-miss showdown for Magic fans.
|Orlando||36-17||1st Southeast / 2nd East||101.1||95.6||Road 16-12||Won 3||8-2|
|Cleveland||42-11||1st Central / 1st East||101.4||94.0||Home 23-3||Won 12||10-0|
Here is the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports.
The Cavaliers are 6 point favorites.