Magic in for tough game against Clippers
Brand will be ready tonight, and he is coming off a 31 pt performance against the Heat Monday night in a close 118-114 loss. He is averaging 24.6 pts and 10.4 rebs per game. Cuttino Mobley, Sam Cassell and Chris Kaman also average in double figures. Mobley, traded by the Magic last season to Sacramento (in one of the worst trades ever by the Magic), is having a good year averaging 16.4 pts. Former Magic player Corey Maggette is averaging over 21 pts, but is injured and out indefinitely.
The Clippers are 2 pt favorites (www.pinnaclesports.com) to beat the Magic. A key stat: the Clippers are just 2-12 when allowing the opponent 100 pts or more. The Magic are coming off 2 disappointing losses where they were badly outplayed and outcoached. The Magic have to regain their focus and execute the game plan much better. Coach Hill has to get the team ready to play this game, as he did a very poor job of that the previous 2 games. Jameer Nelson should return for the Magic, and he will provide much-needed help. How will Francis perform against his best friend Mobley? Can the Magic keep Brand under control? The Magic are now 2 and a half games behind the Wizards for the last playoff spot.