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                ***** NBA Previews from The Sports Network *****
                              Thursday, January 29
                              (All times Eastern)
 ( - The Orlando Magic hope to stop a six-game slide when
 they host the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday at Amway Center.
 The chances of that happening are good as evidenced by a 17-game home winning
 streak versus the Bucks.
 The Magic will also welcome the Dallas Mavericks to town and are winless in
 three straight as the host.
 Orlando's losing streak continued with Monday's 103-94 setback to the Memphis
 Grizzlies. Nikola Vucevic posted 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Victor Oladipo
 added 18 points for the Magic, who allowed 67 points in the first half and
 committed 18 turnovers.
 Dewayne Dedmon had 10 points and 10 boards for his first career double-double.
 "He goes out, he competes and he plays hard," Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn said
 of Dedmon.
 The Magic have lost 12 of their last 14 games, and are 5-15 at home.
 Milwaukee will wrap up a three-game road trip Thursday and opened the trek
 with a loss in San Antonio on Sunday. The Bucks then bounced back Tuesday with
 a 109-102 triumph at Miami and received 17 points from both Khris Middleton
 and Brandon Knight.
 Jerryd Bayless (15), O.J. Mayo (14), Giannis Antetokounmpo (13), John Henson
 (12) and Jared Dudley (11) rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Bucks,
 who shot 54.9 percent and used 54 bench points to win for the fifth time in
 the last nine tries.
 "It's always been the next guy up," said Bucks coach Jason Kidd. "The nice
 thing that Bayless (did), all his shots were great looks, under control."
 The Heat blew a 73-64 lead and Milwaukee later used a 14-4 burst to tie the
 game at 82-82.
 Milwaukee is 13-12 on the road and will host Portland on Saturday. Ersan
 Ilyasova (groin) is questionable against Orlando.
 The Bucks suffered a 101-85 loss to the Magic on Nov. 14 and Tobias Harris
 recorded 26 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Knight countered with 24
 points for Milwaukee, which has lost 17 in a row, 18 of 19 and 20 of its last
 22 trips to Orlando.
 The last time the Bucks beat the Magic on the road was Dec. 29, 2004 in a
 111-105 decision. These two teams will meet again March 11 and April 4.
 ( - The New York Knicks hope to maintain their decent play
 of late when they pay a visit to the Indiana Pacers Thursday night.
 The Knicks have won four of the past five games following a franchise-worst
 16-game losing streak, and recorded a 100-92 win over the Oklahoma City
 Thunder Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.
 Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points on 12-of-28 shooting
 and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas scored 18
 and 17 points, respectively, for New York.
 "Execution. I think that's what it came down to," Anthony said. "Defensively,
 we have been locking in."
 Anthony (rest/knee) is questionable Thursday and did not play in Saturday's
 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
 New York has held five of its last six opponents under 100 points and took
 advantage of a Kevin Durant-less Thunder squad. Durant is nursing a toe injury
 and Russell Westbrook supplied 40 points in defeat.
 Jason Smith posted an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Knicks, while
 Lou Amundson finished with 10 boards and four blocks in the win. Jose
 Calderon returned for New York after missing Saturday's game with a bruised
 knee, recording eight assists in 27 minutes.
 The Knicks are only 3-20 on the road and will play two straight classic
 matchups next at home versus the Lakers and Celtics.
 Indiana opened a five-game homestand with Tuesday's 104-91 loss to the Toronto
 Raptors. Rodney Stuckey recorded a team-best 22 points and Solomon Hill added
 15 for the Pacers, who have lost eight of the last nine games and fell to 8-12
 as the host.
 Toronto scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter and DeMar DeRozan
 finished with a game-high 24 points.
 "You have to credit (Toronto's) offensive abilities," Pacers coach Frank Vogel
 The Pacers scored only 16 points in the second quarter and made only 41.5
 percent of their shots. George Hill posted 13 points off the bench in defeat,
 while Hill has scored in double figures a team-best 28 times.
 Roy Hibbert had 11 points and nine boards in the loss, and has averaged 11.3
 points and 7.5 rebounds this month.
 Indiana is scheduled to host Sacramento, Detroit and Cleveland on this
 homestand, and is winless in three straight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
 The Pacers and Knicks will meet for the first of four games this season and
 are slated to tangle March 4, 7 and April 8. Indiana went 2-1 against New York
 in 2013-14.
 Including the playoffs, the Knicks are winless in seven straight trips to
 ( - The Memphis Grizzlies are glad to have Zach Randolph
 back in the lineup and will try to stay on track when they host the Denver
 Nuggets Thursday at FedExForum.
 The Grizzlies are 8-2 since Randolph returned from a sore knee, and the big
 man has recorded 19.6 points and 13.1 rebounds in that stretch. The double-
 double machine (26) posted 22 points and 10 rebounds in Tuesday's 109-90
 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
 "My teammates kept coming to me and believing in me, and I just kept getting
 aggressive," Randolph said.
 Marc Gasol scored 15 points and both Courtney Lee and Nick Calathes finished
 with 13 for the Grizzlies, winners in four straight and eight of nine games.
 Memphis made 53.2 percent for the game and held Dallas to 18 points in the
 fourth quarter.
 The Grizzlies have won three in a row at home and are 19-5 as the host. The
 Oklahoma City Thunder will make a stop in Memphis on Saturday.
 Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (wrist) is questionable Thursday and did not play
 against the Mavericks. He is averaging 17.4 points and 5.6 assists.
 Denver put the brakes on a seven-game losing streak its last time out and will
 wrap up a three-game road trip against the Grizzlies.
 The Nuggets prevailed, 93-85, on Wednesday in New Orleans, as Arron Afflalo
 led the charge with 20 points and Jusuf Nurkic scored 15 points. Kenneth
 Faried notched 14 points to go with seven rebounds, while J.J. Hickson
 provided 10 points off the bench in the win.
 "I thought defensively that we were active," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said.
 "We didn't turn the ball over a great deal."
 Ty Lawson finished with five points and handed out 13 assists.
 Denver had only eight turnovers and held the Pelicans to 39 percent shooting.
 New Orleans managed only 15 points in the fourth quarter.
 The Nuggets are 7-15 as the guest and will host Charlotte on Saturday.
 Lawson scored 25 points to go with 11 assists in a 114-85 victory over Memphis
 on Jan. 3 at the Pepsi Center and Gasol countered with 18 points. The two
 teams will meet again March 16 on Beale Street.
 Memphis has won three straight and six of the past seven at home in this
 CHICAGO BULLS (30-17) AT LOS ANGELES LAKERS (12-34), 10:30 P.M.
 ( - The Chicago Bulls are one of the top road teams in the
 NBA and look to keep that reputation going Thursday against the Los Angeles
 Lakers at Staples Center.
 The Bulls kicked off a six-game journey with a major test against the Golden
 State Warriors on Tuesday and passed with a 113-111 overtime victory, ending
 the Warriors' franchise-record 19-game home winning streak.
 Derrick Rose hit a go-ahead jumper with seven seconds left in overtime and
 finished with 30 points. He was just 13-of-33 from the floor and turned the
 ball over a career-high 11 times to go with one assist.
 "I was just trying to do anything to win," Rose said. "I knew Jimmy (Butler)
 was going to be out. Just trying to take on that load."
 Butler, Chicago's leading scorer, missed the contest due to an illness and is
 questionable Thursday, while Pau Gasol supplied 18 points and 16 rebounds.
 Joakim Noah added a double-double of his own with 18 points and 15 boards for
 the Bulls, who made 42.9 percent for the game and had a 61-48 rebounding
 The Bulls survived with 21 turnovers to win for the third time in the last
 four tries. They have 17 road wins this season (17-6), tied with the sizzling
 Atlanta Hawks for the most road victories in the NBA.
 Chicago still has trips to Phoenix, Houston, New Orleans and Orlando remaining
 on this sojourn.
 Los Angeles is mired in a nine-game losing streak and will close out a three-
 game homestand Thursday.
 The Lakers' woes continued with Tuesday's 98-92 loss to the Washington Wizards
 and Wayne Ellington's career-high 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting wasn't
 enough. Jordan Clarkson and Ed Davis scored 18 and 14 points, respectively,
 for LA, which has dropped five in a row at home and has a 6-17 record there.
 Los Angeles, which blew a 19-point advantage, was held to 19 points in the
 third quarter and recorded a season-low 35 points in the second half.
 Ellington scored 20 points in the first half.
 "I thought defensively they just started getting up in us, then there was a
 stretch in the third quarter where we just couldn't make a shot. That was
 basically the game," Lakers coach Byron Scott said.
 The Lakers will head east this weekend to start a four-game road trip against
 New York, Milwaukee, Orlando and Cleveland. Lakers guard Nick Young (ankle) is
 questionable Thursday.
 Lakers future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant underwent successful surgery on a torn
 labrum in his right shoulder on Wednesday and is done for the season. The
 procedure, performed by Drs. Neal ElAttrache and Steve Lombardo, lasted two
 "I expect Kobe to make a full recovery and if all goes as expected, he should
 be ready for the start of the season," said ElAttrache, who also noted
 recovery time will be approximately nine months.
 Bryant averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 35 games this
 season. It's the third straight year Bryant has endured a season-ending
 injury, after a torn Achilles in April 2013 and a broken bone in his knee last
 Los Angeles lost at Chicago, 113-93, on Christmas Day, as Gasol posted 23
 points and 13 rebounds. Butler and Rose scored 21 and 20 points, respectively,
 and Wesley Johnson paced LA with 19 points.
 The Bulls have won three in a row and six of the last seven meetings with the
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