Orlando Magic (49-18) at Milwaukee Bucks (31-38), 8 p.m.

Viewing information: TV: Sun Sports Radio: AM 580 WDBO Spanish Radio: AM 1030 WONQ Previous meetings: Magic 108, Bucks 101, Nov. 24 Three keys for the Magic: 1. Don’t fall into the trap: It’s a classic trap game for the Magic, and the Bucks are a hungry enough team to beat them. They beat the Celtics a couple days ago, even with their best player playing with his phone at halftime. Milwaukee is fighting for the last playoff spot, so this game means more to them than it does the Magic. But the Bucks have very little talent compared to Orlando across the board. This is an important game for the Magic if they want the playoff’s No. 2 seed. 2. Get Dwight Howard involved: The Cavs did a masterful job of denying Dwight Howard the ball and not allowing him to get going. The Magic, however, gave up on getting Dwight the rock too early. It’s imperative the Magic get th ball to their superstar. This team is built around him, and if he’s not touching the ball then they quickly become an average offensive team. With Francisco Elson on his back, I expect Dwight to explode for a big first quarter and go on to have a huge game. 3. Rashard Lewis needs to produce: Really, what’s going on with Lewis is more than a slump. He has been playing poorly over the last two months, and the Magic aren’t going anywhere if Lewis is averaging 14 points (like he has over the last two months). As I wrote earlier, Lewis needs to take the ball to the hoop. He leads the NBA in 3-pointers made, but to be a consistent scorer you need the ability to score in a variety of ways. Lewis has that ability, but he hasn’t been using it. Some game notes, courtesy of the Magic:

  • Orlando is 31-40 all-time vs. Milwaukee (22-14 at home, 9-26 on the road) during the regular season, including 1-0 this season.
  • The Magic went 2-1 last season against the Bucks.
  • Orlando is 1-3 vs. Milwaukee in the playoffs (2001 First Round).
  • The Magic have won eight of the last 11 meetings.
  • The series has been one of several streaks – Orlando lost 10 straight meetings from Apr. 20, 1999 to Jan. 18, 2002, but won nine straight matchups from Feb. 20, 1994-Feb. 23, 1996.
  • The Magic have won five straight meetings at home, but have lost eight of the last 10 at the Bradley Center.
  • Rafer Alston played in 114 career games in three seasons with the Bucks from 1999-2002.
  • Tyronn Lue spent the first part of this season with Milwaukee before being acquired on Feb. 5 in exchange for Keith Bogans.
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