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- Jameer Nelson will return to the Magic lineup at point guard after missing four games with a sore left knee.
- Rookie Victor Oladipo will come off the bench after getting a crash course in point guard play in Nelson’s absence. “It’s my first time playing it pretty much full-time, and if you look at it, sometimes not even full-time except when Jameer’s out,” Oladipo said. “It’s all a learning process.”
- The Bobcats, trying to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in four years, will play five of their next seven on the road.
- The Bobcats and Magic are 1-1 this season. Al Jefferson had 30 points and 16 rebounds in Charlotte’s 111-101 win in Orlando on Jan. 17.
- The Magic have won only four road games all season, but one of them was a 92-83 victory at Charlotte on Dec. 11.
- BOBCATS LINEUP: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Josh McRoberts, Jefferson, Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson.
- MAGIC LINEUP: Maurice Harkless, Kyle O’Quinn, Nik Vucevic, Nelson, Arron Afflalo.
– Dick Scanlon