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Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic: Game preview, start time, television information

Can the Cavs beat the Magic again?

NBA: Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to play spoiler to the playoff hopes of the Orlando Magic as they travel to the Magic Kingdom.

Who?:Cleveland Cavaliers (17-51) at Orlando Magic (31-38)

When: 7 p.m. EST

Where: Amway Center — Orlando, Florida

Where on my eyeballs: Fox Sports Ohio, NBA League Pass

Cavs status ppdate:s John Henson (Wrist - OUT), Tristan Thompson (Foot soreness - OUT), Larry Nance Jr. (Rib contusion - OUT), Matthew Dellavedova (Concussion - OUT), J.R. Smith (Not With Team)

Magic Status Update: Mo Bamba (Stress Fracture - OUT), Markell Fultz (Thoratic Outlet Syndrome - OUT), Timofey Mozgov (Knee Surgery - OUT), Isaiah Briscoe (Torn Meniscus - OUT), Aaron Gordon (Sore Ribs - Questionable)

Once again the Cavs will be playing with Ante Zizic as the only center in their rotation. While this would typically be a bigger problem against a super-sized Magic team, they have also been hit by the injury bug. However even if Aaron Gordon is unavailable, this will still be a game that’s won on the interior.

Nikola Vucevic earned his All Star appearance this year due to his ability to cook defenders from all three levels of the floor. Zizic will need to have an out-of-body experience on the defensive end for Vucevic to not be an issue tonight.

The other test will be how the Cavs offense handles the Magic and their interior defense. Both Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman are at their best when they work inside-out offensively, something that will be difficult with the presence of Vucevic and Jonathan Isaac.

Part of the reason the last two weeks have been so encouraging for the Cavs is that they’ve been performing well against some of the best defenses in the league. Orlando, Philadelphia, Toronto and Brooklyn are all top 13 defenses. Tonight presents the team another chance to keep the positive momentum going and finish the year strong.

Fear the Sword’s Fearless Prediction:

The Magic are on a second night of a back to back and are desperate for a win, going 1-4 over their last five. While the team will be hungry, I think the Cavs will display more firepower than the anemic Magic offense and deal a crushing blow to their playoff hopes. Cavs win 113-102.