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Friday, November 09, 2007

Magic/Knicks preview

The Magic (4-1) will try to extend their perfect road record in NY tonight against the Knicks (2-1). NY is coming off a 119-112 victory over DEN TUE night with new acquisition Zach Randolph scoring 22 pts and adding 17 rebs. The Magic are coming off a 105-96 win at TOR in which the starting five for the Magic carried the load.

The probable starting lineup for the Knicks:

G... Stephon Marbury (16.0 ppg, 7.0 asts)
G... Jamal Crawford (24.7 ppg, 7.0 asts)
C... Eddy Curry (18.7 ppg, 7.3 rebs)
F... Zach Randolph (19.3 ppg, 13.7 rebs)
F... Quentin Richardson (4.3 ppg)

Key reserves: G Nate Robinson (9.7 ppg); F David Lee (10.0 ppg); F Renaldo Balkman (4.7 ppg).

NY is averaging 107.3 ppg while allowing 105.0 ppg. The Magic is averaging 100.8 ppg, while allowing 96.0 ppg. The Knicks are unbeaten in two games at home so far. However, the Magic have won 7 of the last 11 games at MSG.

The Knicks are a 1 pt favorite (www.pinnaclesports.com).

2 Comments:

  • At 2:41 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Good test for the Magic tonight. How will the Magic do against NY's big front line? Can the Magic keep Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph from going off pointwise on them? But will the Knicks be able to do a good job defending Hedo and Rashard? What bench rotation will Coach Stan use?

    Jamal Crawford, known for his highly erratic shooting, is doing well so far, shooting over 47%.

    I think the Knicks are finally getting things turned around in a positive direction. Getting Randolph was a big plus, and Curry continues to improve as a center. Getting rid of the former Stevie Franchise helped out also. Marbury has been solid so far. Then you have Lee and Robinson coming off the bench who have done well, also Rolando Balkman.

    I'm worried about this game, but I'm going to be optimistic and count on Rashard and Hedo to hit the big shots again, and the rest of the starters to have their usual solid games. If the Magic can do a decent job controlling Curry and Randolph, which won't be easy, that'll really help; but then you also have Crawford to worry about if he gets hot from the outside.

    I'll say... Magic by 4 pts.

     
  • At 3:02 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Really fun match-ups tonight. If rashard and hedo can hold their own in the paint against randolph the knicks are in trouble.I expect dwight and curry to be a wash.

     

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