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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Magic/Sonics preview

The Magic (11-4, 4-3 road) will look for their second straight win on the road trip as they face struggling SEA (6-9, 2-5 home). SEA is coming off a big 98-78 home loss to the Spurs on SUN. G Ray Allen led SEA with 21 pts. The Magic beat SEA on NOV 8th in a thriller 88-87 thanks to HTurkoglu's last second shot.

Allen and F Rashard Lewis are the 1-2 scoring punch for the Sonics; Allen averaging 25.5 ppg on 44.2% shooting and Lewis averaging 22.9 ppg on 50.2% shooting. G Luke Ridnour averages 15.5 ppg and C Chris Wilcox averages 10.5 ppg. SEA coach Bob Hill was recently very critical of the SEA reserves, saying he needs much more out of them. SEA averages 100.4 ppg, while allowing 101.1 ppg. The Magic averages 96.8 ppg, while allowing just 92.7 ppg.

SEA has won 11 of the last 14 games with the Magic in SEA. SEA will be fired up and ready to go after their bad game against SA. The Magic need to guard against a letdown after a big win over Utah MON. The Magic's superior depth, sound defensive play, and good decision-making with the ball should bring another victory, particularly if they can shoot better they did against UT. However, SEA is a 2 1/2 pt favorite (www.pinnaclesports.com).

5 Comments:

  • At 1:10 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Seattle will try and get us into an up and down sloppy game,a scrappy ugly basketball game where shooting the ball will be tough,if the magic will win this game,they have to do one thing,shut everyone else down except allen and lewis,let those guys shoot (challenging everyone of their shots)because it will make their team very one demensional,shooters tend to not get others involved,so keeping guys like wilcox,ridnour and the bench from having big scoring nights will be critical,if they get help from the average players we're in trouble.

     
  • At 1:28 PM, Blogger Davey said…

    Nice site. I'm a huge Magic fan myself.

    I'm lovin the start of this season. I posted about it on my blog. Feel free to check it out.

    http://daveysplace.blogspot.com

    Keep up the good work

     
  • At 2:58 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    These are the kind of teams that we struggle with. I expect extended minutes for Keyon and Keith defending Ray Allen, and for Ariza defending Rashard Lewis. If Hedo gets out of his slump, we should put this one in win column since Seattle is too small to stand our front-line of Double Ds. Magic 99-92.

     
  • At 7:15 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    I'm with Matt on this one. Regardless if it's a road game, we should win this game. When we played them earlier in the season, we were struggling a lot more at the time. Jameer was out of sink. Our rotations were out of whack. I don't even remember if Ariza played? I know we were in control until Brian Hill made some bad substitutions that almost cost us the game until Hedo bailed us out. Lets hope Hedo can find his touch tonight. I feel like a broken record saying that. He due though... If the Magic play their game they should be fine.

    Magic 105-96

     
  • At 7:31 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Intro, you brought up a good point about the first SEA/ORL game. You're right, Ariza did not play because he was still hurt. Also Dwight had a poor game with only 8 pts 10 rebs and Darko also had a poor game with just 2 pts on 15 min. Jameer did have one of his better games though, with 18 pts. Garrity also played, so we don't have to worry about that tonight. Allen and Lewis combined to score 37 pts that night.

    I'm with you guys, I expect a strong Magic performance tonight and a victory. I expect SEA to play tough though, so I'll say Magic 106-102.

     

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