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Wednesday, April 8th (All times eastern)

Memphis Grizzlies (22-55) at Orlando Magic (57-20), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Southeast Division-champion Orlando Magic will play three of their last five games of the regular season at home, starting with Wednesday's showdown with the Memphis Grizzlies in the opener of a quick two- game residency at Amway Arena.

The Magic will also welcome New Jersey to town on the current homestand and will later host Charlotte. Orlando, which owns a remarkable 30-8 mark as the host in 2008-09, is a game behind Boston for the second seed in the East and five behind Cleveland for Eastern Conference supremacy.

Orlando has split its last four games and had a two-game winning streak come to an end with Tuesday's 93-83 setback at Houston. Dwight Howard ended with 13 points and 10 boards, while Rashard Lewis chipped in 22 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando, which had won eight of nine contests coming in. Magic guard Mickael Pietrus (knee/wrist) is questionable for Wednesday's game.

Meanwhile, Memphis is on the verge of closing out another subpar campaign and had its four-game winning streak halted following Tuesday's 96-93 defeat at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers.

O.J. Mayo pumped in 31 points and missed a game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer in a losing effort. Rudy Gay tallied 19 points before fouling out late in the contest. The Grizzlies will try to work on their 8-30 road record Wednesday evening.

Memphis center Darko Milicic (hamstring) and guard Quinton Ross (quad) are both listed as questionable against Orlando.

The Grizzlies defeated Orlando, 86-84, on October 31 this season at FedEx Forum and have won 10 of the past 13 meetings. The Magic have dropped four of the last six contests as the host between the teams.

04/08 10:39:40 ET


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