Magic travel to ATL for first road game Sunday afternoon
ATL is coming off a 102-92 victory against the Knicks Friday night, and was led by Joe Johnson's 30 pts, followed by former Magic C ZaZa Pachulia with 22 pts. Josh Childress added 12 pts off the bench, with former Magic G Ty Lue chipping in with 11 pts also off the bench. SF Josh Smith scored 11. The Hawks do have some athletic players, though not as talented as a whole like the Magic.
The Magic have lost their last 3 games played in ATL, and haven't won there since Nov. 2004. Now would be a great time to break that streak, coming off a disappointing home loss to PHI. Johnson really burned the Magic last season; so they better make sure all his shots are challenged. If not, he'll do the same thing that Kyle Korver and Iverson did to the Magic FRI night. Hopefully, BHIll will do a better job of preparing the Magic for this game.
I expect Dwight to come back and have a big game, as he is originally from the area around Atlanta. Hopefully, Darko will have the chance to play a lot more than he did against Philly. Magic must take better care of the ball and stay out of foul trouble. Carlos will hopefully be ready after sitting out Friday night. Magic are 3 pt favorites (www.pinnaclesports.com).