Magic look to finish season on winning note at IND
Jermaine O'Neal is back from injury, and leads IND averaging 20 ppg and 9.3 rebounds, though he has played in just 50 games. Peja Stojakovic, in 39 games since the IND trade with SAC, is averaging 19.5 ppg. Stephen Jackson is the only other Pacer in double figures (16.3 ppg). IND averages 94.0 ppg, while allowing 92.1 ppg. However, IND has averaged 103.6 ppg in winning 4 of their last 5 games using an up-tempo style not usually favored by Coach Rick Carlisle. Injuries and the acquisition of Stojakovic have forced Carlisle to use different strategy.
A win here by the Magic would be a great way to close out the season and to cap off their recent 16-4 run, which included wins over several top NBA teams. However, the Magic are 7 pt underdogs against the Pacers (www.pinnaclesports.com)