Utah Jazz at Orlando Magic, 6 p.m.

Viewing information: TV: Sun Sports Radio: AM 580 WDBO Spanish Radio: 1030 WONQ Previous meetings: Magic 103, Jazz 94, Dec. 13 Quick thoughts:

  • The Magic owe a thank you to the Miami Heat, who beat the Jazz in three overtimes last night. After playing well past midnight, the Jazz jumped on a plane and arrived in Orlando in the early hours of Sunday morning. To make things better for Orlando, tonight’s game is an early start at 6 p.m. All the outside factors favor Orlando: the Jazz are on the second day of a back-to-back, the Magic had Saturday off, and Utah is just 13-19 on the road this season. But you never know with Orlando, especially after they struggled against Washington on Friday night.
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  • The Jazz suffered through injuries to Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer and more than half of their rotation this season, but Jerry Sloan has done a masterful job in guiding them to a 41-25 record. Sorry SVG, but Sloan is the coach of the year.
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  • Utah has lost two straight, but it won the previous 12 games before that. Since the return of Boozer, the Jazz are a different team. Boozer didn’t play when the Magic beat the Jazz earlier this season.
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  • Dwight Howard is always out of his comfort zone against Utah because of Mehmet Okur, the Jazz center who converts 44.9 percent of his 3-point attempts. Howard prefers to stay close to the hoop and help out on the weak side. With Okur, Howard will have to defend all the way out to the 3-point line. The Magic may opt to put Howard on Carlos Boozer, who is still a tough cover for Howard because of his solid mid-range jumper. Boozer might be a little physical for Rashard Lewis, as well.
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    Philip Rossman-Reich

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