Magic travel to Atlanta to try and end 3 game slide
The Hawks are probably playing their best basketball of the year, as they are 3-3 in their last 6 games. Earlier this season, they even beat defending champ San Antonio in Atlanta, so the Magic better be ready for this game. The Hawks are led by former Suns star Joe Johnson, who is averaging 19.8 pts and 5.8 assists per game, and who is coming off his first career triple-double against Charlotte. Johnson is also averaging over 26 pts a game his last 6 games. Al Harrington is averaging 18.9 pts and 7 rebounds per game. Two other players, ZaZa Pachulia and Tyronn Lue (both former Magic players) are also averaging in double figures. Pachulia has been particularly impressive, averaging 11.3 pts and 8.3 rebs per game, quite an improvement from his rookie year with the Magic 2 seasons ago.
The Magic are favored by 1 and a half pts tonight (www.pinnaclesports.com). However, the Hawks have a young, very athletic team who are playing well, and if Coach Hill doesn't have the team properly prepared for the game tonight, the Magic will be left to explain yet another disappointing loss. Defense is critical for the Magic, along with better offensive execution. I hope Coach Hill uses more than 2 guys off the bench tonight!