The Orlando Magic expect to have Jameer Nelson in the starting lineup when they host the Charlotte Bobcats tonight, Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said.
Nelson has missed the Magic's last four games with a sore left knee.
The veteran point guard practiced Thursday and experienced no lingering effects. Nelson also participated in the team's shootaround this morning.
Nelson likely will begin the game matched up against point guard Kemba Walker, whose Bobcats are seventh in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Magic (20-52) and Bobcats (35-37) split their two previous games this season.
"[They're] a good, young team that's in the playoff hunt," said the Magic's Kyle O'Quinn, who will start his 10th consecutive game at power forward.
"They're playing hard. They're playing for a playoff position and [are] a team that wants to make a statement going into the future, I guess, just like we are. So I think we've got to come out and set the tone early."