Orlando faces Miami on 5-game slide

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Orlando Magic (13-23, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (18-18, sixth in the Eastern Conference)

Miami; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Orlando comes into the matchup with Miami as losers of five straight games.

The Heat are 9-12 against Eastern Conference opponents. Miami is fifth in the NBA allowing only 108.4 points per game while holding opponents to 44.6% shooting.

The Magic are 9-13 against Eastern Conference opponents. Orlando has a 1-3 record in games decided by 3 points or fewer.

The teams square off for the second time this season. The Magic won the last meeting 113-107 on Dec. 23. Evan Fournier scored 25 points to help lead Orlando to the win.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 1.9 steals for the Heat. Kendrick Nunn is averaging 15 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 42.3% over the last 10 games for Miami.

Nikola Vucevic is averaging 24.6 points and 11.6 rebounds for the Magic. Terrence Ross is averaging 18.6 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 39.7% over the last 10 games for Orlando.

LAST 10 GAMES: Heat: 7-3, averaging 108.4 points, 43.1 rebounds, 26.9 assists, 7.9 steals and four blocks per game while shooting 46.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.3 points on 45.0% shooting.

Magic: 4-6, averaging 107.9 points, 44.9 rebounds, 23.9 assists, seven steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 44.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.9 points on 46.9% shooting.

INJURIES: Heat: Bam Adebayo: day to day (knee), Avery Bradley: out (calf).

Magic: Markelle Fultz: out for season (knee), Jonathan Isaac: out for season (knee), Cole Anthony: out (rib), James Ennis III: day to day (calf), Evan Fournier: day to day (groin), Aaron Gordon: out (ankle).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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