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Sixers-Magic Preview and Game Thread

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The 76ers and Magic are facing off for the 11th* time this season, with the Sixers looking for their second win in Orlando. The teams faced off five days ago in a high-scoring Magic victory where Nik Vucevic scored a season-high 35 points.

*Really the fourth time, but for a second you believed this right?

Hollis Thompson (for the Sixers) and Evan Fournier (for the Magic) are out for this game. This will result in one good thing and one bad thing. The good news is that Mario Hezonja is starting for Orlando, since he's awesome and loves himself and a lineup of Payton-Oladipo-Hezonja-Gordon-Vucevic makes me drool, even if it's not winning a title anytime soon. The bad news is that, as much as Thompson can be terrible or useless, Jerami Grant playing alongside two other bigs is not the alternative anyone is looking for.

Game Info:

Time: 6:00 PM EST

Channel: CSN Philly (Marc, Alaa, and Molly)

Location: Amway Center


Position Philadelphia Orlando
PG Ish Smith Elfrid Payton
SG Nik Stauskas Victor Oladipo
SF Robert Covington Mario Hezonja
PF Jahlil Okafor Aaron Gordon
C Nerlens Noel Nik Vucevic

Numbers of Note:

1. The Sixers have lost all five games since the all-star break, giving up an average of 117.6 points per game.

2. In those same games, Jahlil Okafor is shooting 62.5%, but with a 4/11 assist-to-turnover ratio.

3. With Evan Fournier out, the only above average three point shooter on the Magic active tonight is Ersan Ilyasova, who is shooting 37% on the full season.

Officials: Michael Smith

Marat Kogut

Eric Lewis

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