Game Preview: Nuggets-Magic

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The Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic are still alive in the playoff race, but time is running out.

Kenneth Faried attempts to match the team record for consecutive baskets made while trying to help the Nuggets capitalize on a matchup with the collapsing Magic on Tuesday night.

Denver (28-39) is six games back of Houston and Dallas for the last two postseason positions in the Western Conference with 15 games to go, while Orlando (28-37) trails Chicago by five games for eighth in the East with 17 to play.

Notes and quotes:  

  • The Magic are 9-24 since the start of the year and have dropped four of five after Saturday’s 121-84 loss at Portland, their most lopsided defeat of the season. The listless performance, which included shooting 37.4 percent from the floor, came one day after they shot 51.9 percent in a 107-100 win at Sacramento.
  • Fournier, however, had three points in December’s meeting at Denver, the team he spent his first two seasons with.

 

“Our issue lately has been playing a pretty good game, getting a win and then following it up by not playing well at all,” coach Scott Skiles said. “Not even resembling the team we were the night before. That’s been our issue.” 

“He’s still a young player learning what it takes in the NBA to be successful every night,” Skiles said. “He’s at a challenging position. Every night he’s playing against a very talented player. He has been overall the most consistent offensive player we’ve had.”  

The Orlando Magic will play tonight at the Amway Center, tip off begins at 7:00 PM

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