Magic try to break long road losing streak at IND
With the injured Jermaine O'Neal out indefinitely, IND is lead in scoring by Peja Stojakovic, averaging 20.4 ppg in 18 games with the Pacers since being acquired from SAC. Stephen Jackson (16.2 ppg), Fred Jones (10.5 ppg), and Jamaal Tinsley (9.9 ppg) contribute. Jeff Foster is a strong rebounder, at 8.6 rebs per game, and is coming off a 19 pt 16 rebound game.
IND is averaging 93.7 ppg, and is giving up 91.3 ppg. Even though the Magic are giving up 96.2 ppg, the last 3 games they are allowing only 85 ppg. Continued good defense, ball movement on offense, good shooting (the Magic have shot over 50% in 7 of their last 11 games), and strong bench play will be the keys to finally getting a road win tonight, as this is a very winnable game for the Magic. However, they are 6 1/2 pt underdogs to IND (www.pinnaclesports.com).