POR is led in scoring by Zach Randolph, with 23.9 ppg and 10.2 rebs; rookie G Brandon Roy 15.3 ppg; G Jarret Jack 12.6 ppg, 5.6 asts; G Juan Dixon 9.2 ppg; and rookie F/C LaMarcus Aldridge 6.8 ppg, 4 rebs. POR averages 93.7 ppg while allowing 97.7 ppg. The Magic average 94.2 ppg while allowing 93.4 ppg.
The Magic are now tied with MIA for the 7th spot in the East, and just 1 1/2 games ahead of NJ. The oncoming NY Knicks are just 3 games behind the Magic.
The Magic won at POR on DEC 1st 91-89 on GHill's last second tip-in to improve the Magic's record to 13-4. Since then, as we all know, the Magic have fallen on hard times, going just 13-22, including 12 losses in their last 16 games. The Magic have beaten POR 3 of their last 4 games, and need this game to avoid falling below the .500 mark. The Magic are 6 1/2 pt favorites (www.pinnaclesports.com).