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Pregame: Cavs at Magic

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 30, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-38) at Orlando Magic (30-17)
Time: 6 p.m.; Venue: Amway Arena; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Daniel Gibson, SF Christian Eyenga, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Magic probable starters: PG Gilbert Arenas, SG Jason Richardson, SF Hedo Turkoglu, PF Brandon Bass, C Dwight Howard
Officials: Monty McCutchen, David Guthrie, Derek Richardson
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Leon Powe (knee) out, G Mo Williams (hip) out; Magic -- Malik Allen (ankle) probable, Jameer Nelson (knee) questionable, Daniel Orton (knee) out.

* The Cavs will set a franchise record for consecutive losses in a single season should they fall tonight at Orlando. They've already tied the old mark with their current 19-game losing streak.

* Cavs coach Byron Scott was more irritated than usual after Friday's loss to the Denver Nuggets. The Cavs keep falling behind by 20 points or more, making it difficult to even keep games competitive. When they do fight back, such as they did recently against the Bulls and Nuggets, they don't have enough juice left to finish the job.

* The Magic have been it with injuries throughout the season and were dealt another blow when Jameer Nelson injured his knee in a loss to the Bulls. While it isn't considered serious, it wouldn't be a shock to see coach Stan Van Gundy hold him out tonight as a precaution and try to get him healthy to face the Bulls and Celtics later in the week. Surely Van Gundy believes he can beat the Cavs even withoug his point guard.

* Gilbert Arenas would start in place of Nelson if Nelson can't go. Arenas has struggled since the trade that brought him here. He is shooting less than 37 percent, easily the worst of his career, and his left knee continues to bother him. The Magic's offense has sputtered with him at the point -- ball movement slows and penetration stops. It's a big reason why the Magic are hopeful Nelson won't be out long, if at all.

* Dwight Howard had 40 points in a loss to the Bulls on Friday and will prove to be another difficult test for J.J. Hickson in the middle. Hickson was tossed around by the Milwaukee Bucks' 7-foot center Andrew Bogut. He hasn't really had to face another beefy, physical center since then.

* Hickson has grabbed at least 14 rebounds in six of his last 10 games. He has 25 offensive rebounds in his last four games.

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