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Monday, April 17, 2006

Magic end home schedule with playoff-bound CHI

The Magic (36-44, 26-14 home) still have plenty to play for even though they were eliminated Sunday from playoff contention. They have an 8 game winning streak and a 12 game home winning streak. The Bulls (39-41, 19-21 road) need a win to improve their playoff seeding to avoid a first round matchup with number one seed DET.

CHi is led in scoring by Ben Gordon (16.8 ppg, 44.1% 3 pt FG). Kirk Hinrich (15.7 ppg), Luol Deng (14.1 ppg), and Andres Nocioni (12.8 ppg) also average in double figures. All those players except Hinrich are only in their second year; Hinrich is in his third year. Chris Duhon (8.8 ppg) and Tyson Chandler (9.2 rebs) also contribute. CHI has a deep bench, and expect at least 10 players to see quality minutes. The Bulls average 97.2 ppg, while allowing 96.9 ppg. The Magic average 94.9 ppg, while allowing 95.8 ppg.

Bulls coach Scott Skiles will be recognized by the Magic tonight for his outstanding Magic career. Don't expect Skiles to shed any tears though, as he is very focused on game day for his team. The Magic would love to end the home season with a 13 game home winning streak; what a treat that would be for Magic fans. No line yet for the game (www.pinnaclesports.com).


  • At 4:37 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The last game in Chicago 3 weeks ago, the Magic trailed the Bulls most of the game and were down 11 early in the fourth quarter when Coach Hill sat Dwight, who was having a poor game, and went small except for Darko at center. This completely surprised and frustrated the Bulls, as the Magic came back to beat them.

    I expect Dwight to have a far better game tonight than he did in Chicago (6 pts 11 rebs that game).

  • At 2:44 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The Magic are 6 pt favorites tonight

  • At 2:46 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Chicago doesnt have one guy who is unguardable,with that said,if the magic can stay inspired their team defense should be to much for the bulls,look for jameer,hedo & dwight to lead us as our official "big three",and regular defensive performances by deshawn,tony,keyon,trevor,bo and darko,dwight may get another 20 rebounds tonight b/c i know he wants that title!


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