ATL is led by G Johnson, averaging 24.7 ppg on 48% shooting; former Magic G Tyronn Lue 13.6 ppg; G/F Josh Childress 13.4 ppg; G/F Smith 13.1 ppg; former Magic F/C ZaZa Pachulia 12 ppg, 6.7 rebs; and F Marvin Williams 12 ppg. ATL is averaging 91.5 ppg, second-worst in the NBA, and allowing 96.8 ppg. The Magic average 93.5 ppg, while allowing 92.8 ppg, 4th best in the NBA. Magic are 21-9 when holding the opposition to less than 100 pts.
The Magic have beaten ATL 5 straight times in ORL, and 13 of the last 14 times at home. The two teams played twice in NOV, with each team winning at home. ATL won 95-82 in ATL, and the Magic won 98-79 in ORL. The Magic are 9 pt favorites (www.pinnaclesports.com).