Magic try to get closer in playoff chase vs ATL
Joe Johnson (20.4 ppg), Al Harrington (18.6 ppg), and ZaZa Pachulia (11.6 ppg 8 rebs) lead the Hawks. Josh Smith (10.8 ppg), Ty Lue (10.5 ppg), and Josh Childress (10 ppg) also average in double figures. ATL is averaging 96.9 ppg and allowing 101.7 ppg. The Magic average 94.6 ppg, and allow 96.1 ppg.
Two things point to a Magic win... they have dominated ATL in TDW, winning 11 of their last 12 meetings. Also, ATL has dropped 39 of 45 games this year when scoring fewer than 100 pts, and they have not won on the road since March 1st against TOR. Magic are looking for their 5th win in a row, 10th in a row at home, and 9 out of 10 overall. The Magic are solid 7 1/2 pt favorites to beat the Hawks (www.pinnaclesports.com).