The first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs tips off with a matchup between the Orlando Magic and the Indiana Pacers. This won't be the typical matchup between the Magic and the Pacers, however, as the Magic will be without star center Dwight Howard, who had season-ending back surgery and will miss the entirety of the playoffs.
The Magic finished the regular season dropping four of five games, struggling to match up with teams without the presence of Howard on the court. In the regular season, Orlando beat the Pacers three out of four times, but each time the Magic dropped the Pacers, Howard was on the court.
The Magic are going to have a tough time matching up with Pacers center Roy Hibbert without Howard on the floor.
Game Time: 7 p.m. ET, Saturday, April 28
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.
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