National Basketball Association
Preview
Orlando at Brooklyn
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

The Brooklyn Nets look to rebound from two ugly losses and give themselves a chance at a playoff berth when they host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday in the regular-season finale. The Nets, who were routed by a combined 50 points against Milwaukee and Chicago in their last two outings, need a victory and loss by Indiana against Memphis on Wednesday to grab the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.

Brooklyn had won 10 of 12 games to move into playoff position earlier this month, but has cooled off while dropping four of the last six – giving up an average of 105 points in the process. Brook Lopez has been the most productive player for the Nets down the stretch, averaging 21 points in April, and he will have a difficult matchup with Orlando leading scorer Nikola Vucevic in the interior. Vucevic scored 27 in his last trip to Brooklyn in November, but is only 13-of-39 in the last three games. The Magic have lost three straight games after winning three in a row.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Florida (Orlando), YES2 (Brooklyn)

ABOUT THE MAGIC (25-56): Consistency has been the main problem for Orlando, which has recorded only two more wins than last season despite showing some real progress at times. Vucevic is averaging 19.2 points and 10.9 rebounds while Victor Oladipo contributes 17.9 points – 23.3 the last four – and Tobias Harris adds 17.1 per contest. Point guard Elfrid Payton and forward Aaron Gordon – two top 10 picks from the 2014 draft – provide optimism for the future to go along with the Magic’s big three scorers.

ABOUT THE NETS (37-44): Lopez has registered at least 26 points in nine of his last 15 games and averages 17.2 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds on the season. Joe Johnson (14.4 points), Thaddeus Young (13.7) and Deron Williams (13 per game) all need to rebound from struggles over the last few games. Johnson averaged 9.3 points the last three contests, Young made only 7-of-25 shots in the past two and Williams is just 7-of-35 from the field in a three-game span as the Nets scored 159 combined the last two.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Nets are undefeated against three teams at their home arena Barclays Center, including the Magic (5-0).

2. Orlando G Evan Fournier (hip), the team’s fourth-leading scorer (12 per game), is not expected to play Wednesday.

3. Williams needs four made 3-pointers to become the 77th player in NBA history with 1,000 in their career.

PREDICTION: Magic 101, Nets 96
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Orlando 25-56 L3 13-28 12-28 0-2 25-54 4-12 15-36
Brooklyn 37-44 L2 18-22 19-22 4-2 33-42 10-6 23-28
Last Meeting
Orlando Brooklyn
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/2/15 BK 100 ORL 98 98 37 42.0 100 45 56.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Orlando V. Oladipo 17 53.8 1
Brooklyn M. Plumlee 18 90.0 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Orlando E. Payton 9 4 5
Brooklyn M. Plumlee 9 2 7
Assists Player  
Orlando E. Payton 10
Brooklyn D. Williams 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Orlando N. Vucevic 1480 52.4 166
Brooklyn B. Lopez 1256 51.2 229
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Orlando N. Vucevic 844 250 594
Brooklyn M. Plumlee 547 187 360
Assists Player  
Orlando E. Payton 566
Brooklyn D. Williams 463
Quickchart Matchup
Orlando Off vs  Brooklyn Defense
95.8 Points For
101.1 Points Against
45.3 FG%
45.5 FG%
41.8 Reb
44.4 Reb
Brooklyn Off vs  Orlando Defense
98.0 Points For
101.4 Points Against
45.1 FG%
46.3 FG%
44.4 Reb
43.5 Reb