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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Heat/Magic preview

Coming off a hard-fought 1 pt loss to WAS, the Magic (17-14, 10-6 home, 7th East) take on rival MIA (13-16, 5-8 road, 9th East). The big question here is, will star G Dwyane Wade, recovering from a sprained wrist, be able to play? The Heat have lost their last 5 games when Wade hasn't played, and are coming off a listless 91-81 home loss to NJ FRI night.

Wade is having a tremendous all-around year, averaging 27.5 ppg on 47.9% shooting, 7.9 asts, 4.4 rebs, and 1.9 steals. However he also averages 4.1 TOs per game. Wade attempts an average of 10.4 FTs per game. It will be a game-time decision regarding Wade. If he can't go, Jason Kapono, averaging 8.1 ppg, wil start in Wade's place. F Udonis Haslem averages 11.8 ppg, 8.8 rebs. C Alonzo Mourning, playing in place of recuperating Shaq, is at 9.7 ppg, 5.8 rebs; G Jason Williams, who scored a season-high 28 pts against the Bulls earlier this week, 9.3 ppg, 4.5 asts; and F Dorell Wright 7.6 ppg, 6.2 rebs. MIA averages 94.2 ppg, and allows 98.4 ppg; the Magic average 93.3 ppg, and allow 93.7 ppg.

The Magic won at MIA earlier this season 107-104, as Wade scored 33 pts with 15 asts. However, MIA has beaten the Magic 5 of the last 6 games in ORL. The bookmakers are under the assumption that Wade won't play, as the Magic are 11 pt favorites (www.pinnaclesports.com).


  • At 1:41 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    MIA will almost certainly play better here than they did against NJ FRI night, regardless of whether Wade plays or not. The Magic need to keep their focus, and build upon all the good things they did in the loss to the Wizards.

  • At 7:07 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    The heat are banged up,the magic better win!


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