The Jazz have many players who are having strong seasons. PF Carlos Boozer, averaging 21.9 ppg on 57.7% shooting and 12.7 rebs; second year PG Deron Williams, who helped lead Illinois to the NCAA championship game in 2005, averaging 17.7 ppg and 9.2 assists; C Mehmet Okur, averaging 15.9 ppg and 9.2 rebs; former Magic G/F Matt Harpring averaging 12.5 ppg, and G Derek Fisher, averaging 10.5 ppg. Former Magic G Gordie Giricek is averaging 7.9 ppg on 51.2% shooting. F Andrei Kirilenko is back from injury, averaging 7.4 ppg, 5.6 rebs and 2.8 blocks per game. Rookie Paul Millsap is doing well, averaging 7.1 ppg and 4.9 rebs.
The Jazz average 106.1 ppg, and allow 100.2 ppg. The Magic average 97.4 ppg, and allow 93.9 ppg. UT has beaten the Magic 8 of the last 10 games in UT. A key for the Magic will be defense, as the Jazz have lost their only 2 games they didn't score 100 or more pts. UT is a 5 1/2 pt favorite (www.pinnaclesports.com).