Magic face another tough test in Milwaukee
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.