The Magic will likely be without leading rebounder Nikola Vucevic
(concussion) and top scorer Arron Afflalo is questionable after
missing the last two games with a strained right foot. The Bulls
won't feel sorry for Orlando with Derrick Rose out for the season
with a knee injury, but still have six players averaging in double
figures scoring. The Magic edged Chicago 83-82 on Dec. 16 to end a
five-game losing streak against the Bulls.
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ABOUT THE BULLS (17-19): Guard Kirk Hinrich is one of the most
important players on the team despite not being among the top
scorers as the Bulls went only 1-4 when he was out injured,
including the Orlando loss. Hinrich averages 4.9 assists while
Carlos Boozer leads the team in scoring (14.9) and Joakim Noah is
one of fewer than 10 players in the league averaging a double-double
(11.1 points, 10.6 rebounds). Jimmy Butler scored 12 versus
Washington after missing one game with a sore thigh.
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ABOUT THE MAGIC (10-28): Glen Davis has picked up some of the
scoring slack with Afflalo out, averaging 19.5 points the last
two games, and scored in double figures 14 of his last 15
contests. Rookie Victor Oladipo has also raised his game after a
rough stretch, scoring 15.2 per game in his last six outings,
while Tobias Harris is averaging 16 points over the last three.
Veteran guard Jameer Nelson fought through a sore index finger
to match his season high with 21 points in the 107-88 loss at
Dallas on Monday.
Orlando is 7-11 at home after a 3-0 start and Chicago is 6-11
on the road with three straight wins.
Boozer has 11 double-doubles and is averaging 16.7 points and
10 rebounds the last three contests.
Davis expects to play his 400th career game and Nelson has
played 618 for the Magic, three behind Dwight Howard for second
in franchise history.
PREDICTION: Magic 99, Bulls 92
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