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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Magic face another tough test in Milwaukee

The Magic, at 19-27, are coming off a very sluggish offensive performance against WAS where only 2 of the 5 starters scored in double figures, have lost 5 of their last 6 games. The Bucks have had great success against the Magic at Milwaukee. Since the 1997 season, MIL is 13-1 at home vs Orlando.

The Bucks bring an overall record of 24-23 into the game, with a 14-9 home record. They are a very talented team, led by Michael Redd averaging 25.1 ppg. 4 other players (Mo Williams, Bobby Simmons, TJ Ford, and Jamaal Magliore) average in double figures. Ford is averaging 6.5 assists per game and Magliore is averaging 10 rebs. With Joe Smith returning from injury to the lineup, the Bucks have a formidable front line of Smith, Magliore, and top pick Andrew Bogut.

The Bucks are favored by 5 and 1/2 pts (www.pinnaclesports.com). The Magic posted a home win over them Dec. 26th, but not have beaten the Bucks 2 in a row since the '98-'99 season. The Magic will have their hands full, and will have to be at their best if they hope to have a chance. How will the Magic counter the Bucks' big, aggressive front line? How will Francis play after his awful game against WAS? He has averaged 20.8 ppg in his career against the Bucks. How will Hill use the bench? The Magic are now 4 games behind WAS/PHI for the last playoff spot.

2 Comments:

  • At 9:58 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I dont see the magic winning this game,sure i'd like to be wrong,but the stats show,we're bad while injured,we need jameer & grant for more than just points,and the bucks are big,strong & healthy,it would be a miracle!

     
  • At 6:11 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    If the coach plays big upfront (using Kasun not Garrity) and the backcourt plays big (I expect Steve, Deshawn, Keyon and Travis to play well), we have a chance to keep it close for a chance to steal it at the end.

     

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