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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

After big trade, Magic take on World Champs

One day after obtaining Brian Cook and Maurice Evans from the Lakers for Trevor Ariza, the Magic (10-2), who are 7-0 on the road, will take on the Spurs (9-2), who are 6-0 at home. SA is coming off a 95-83 win in ATL TUE night with Tony Parker scoring 31 pts and adding 9 asts.

The probable starting lineup for the Spurs:

G... Tony Parker (19.3 ppg, 6.2 asts)
G... Michael Finley (8.4 ppg)
C... Fabricio Oberto (4.9 ppg)
F... Tim Duncan (17.2 ppg, 9.3 rebs)
F... Bruce Bowen (5.1 ppg)

Top reserves... Manu Ginobili (19.9 ppg, 5 rebs); Matt Bonner (6.2 ppg); Brent Barry (5.5 ppg); Francisco Elson (4.8 ppg)

ORL is averaging 102.2 ppg, while allowing 95 ppg; SA is averaging 97.2 ppg while allowing 89.3 ppg.

The Magic have tied for their best start after 12 games, going 10-2 for the first time since the 1995-96 season. They are trying to become the first team to win their first eight road games since the 1996-97 Houston Rockets. The Magic have split their last 6 games against SA, with Dwight Howard averaging 14.5 ppg and 10 rebs in those games; Duncan has averaged 24.7 ppg and 12.2 rebs against Howard in those games. The Magic last won in SA 2 seasons ago.

SA is a 5 1/2 pt favorite (www.pinnnaclesports.com)


  • At 3:29 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The Magic are unbeaten on the road, while the Spurs are unbeaten at home so something's gotta give tonight!

    It'll be interesting to see how the Magic play the first game after the trade. I'm sure they'll keep their focus, and play a very competitive game. I haven't heard if Cook or Evans will be available for the game.

    It should be an outstanding game to watch... wish it was on ESPN instead of DAL/HOU. My take on the game... the Magic are due to lose on the road sometime, and I think it's going to be against the defending world champs tonight in a very close game... I hope the Magic can prove me wrong like they did against NO, but I'll say Spurs by 2.

  • At 4:10 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    The magic are gonna have to lose on the road at some point,but not tonight. The spurs just dont match up well against the magic. jameer and parker wash,bowens and bogans wash and dwight and duncan is a wash. But who's gonna guard hedo and rashard? I think the magic outscore the spurs tonight and win the game primarily because of balanced scoring,the spurs have too many guys in the line-up who really dont contribute in the scoring column. Their big three should get thier's (parker,ginobli,duncan),but the magic will win the game.


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