Nov 23, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) drives to the basket as Orlando Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo (4) and Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) defend at the basket during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Heat won 101-99. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Miami Heat at Orlando Magic, 7 p.m.

What: The Miami Heat vs the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m., Amway Center.

This is the third time the divisional opponents meet. The Heat won the first two of this four-game series.  The Magic have dropped the last seven games against Miami.

Injury report: Greg Oden is out for the Heat and Nikola Vucevic is day-to-day with an ankle injury.

Key players

Orlando: Arron Afflalo is leading the team with 21.1 points per game. Vucevic, who may or may not play, leads the team with an average of 11.1 rebounds. First-round pick Victor Oladipo has had an up-and-down season. The Magic have seemingly calmed the point guard experiment with him, and the Heat should see him playing more off the ball and Jameer Nelson back running the offense.

Miami: The Heat play the Toronto Raptors the next night, by far the hotter team. Don’t be surprised if the Heat rest Dwyane Wade and/or others. If Vuvevic sits, Bosh should have a better game.

Bottom line: The Heat should rally from its loss against the Golden State Warriors with an alpha-dog performance Saturday night. The Magic have solid wing defenders in Afflalo, Oladipo and Maurice Harkless, and big bodies inside. However, the 22nd ranked offense in the league shouldn’t be able to score with the Heat.


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