Magic to try to spoil Bulls playoff chances
Gordon leads the Bulls with a 16.4 average, Kirk Heinrich (15.7 ppg), Luol Deng (13.8 ppg), and Andres Nocioni (12 ppg) average in double figures.. C Tyson Chandler (5.3 ppg) isn't much of a scorer, but is a ferocious rebounder (9.3 rebs) and shot blocker (1.3 blocks). Chris Duhon (8.8 ppg) and Mike Sweetney (8.4 ppg) also contribute. Coach Skiles has always done a great job of using his bench. Remember Jannero Pargo torching the Magic earlier this season for 23 pts? The Bulls average 96.8 ppg, while allowing 97 ppg. ORL averages 94.3 ppg, while allowing 96.2 ppg. But the Magic have scored more than 100 pts four games in a row.
The Magic have their work cut out for them tonight. They have lost 5 in a row to CHI, including 2 this season. This will be the teams' first meeting since Dec. Skiles is a superior coach to BHill; we'll see if that comes into place in the game tonight. CHI is a perimeter-oriented team that shoots very well from 3 pt range (38%), but also has the tendency to foul a lot, averaging nearly 25 fouls per game. Bulls are 5 1/2 pt favorites (www.pinnaclesports.com).