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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Magic/TOR preview

The Magic (3-1) continue their road swing at TOR (2-2) tonight. The Raptors are coming off a 112-85 beating from MIL TUE night. No starter scored in double figures for TOR, and Chris Bosh, who has been dealing with a nagging knee injury since preseason, had probably the worst game of his career with just 1 pt and 2 rebs. The Magic is coming off a 111-103 win at MIN.

The probable starting lineup for TOR:

G... T.J. Ford (15.5 ppg, 7.5 asts)
G... Anthony Parker (8.2 ppg)
C... Andrea Bargnani (13.8 ppg, 5.5 rebs)
F... Jason Kapono (8.5 ppg)
F... Chris Bosh (12.8 ppg, 5.2 rebs)

Top reserves: G Juan Dixon (10.2 ppg), F Kris Humphries (6.7 ppg) G Carlos Delfino (7.8 ppg) G Jose Calderon (9.2 ppg)

Last season, TOR swept the Magic in all 4 games, and Bosh averaged over 34 ppg in 3 of the games. TOR is a 4 1/2 pt favorite (www.pinnaclesports.com).


  • At 2:36 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    I didn't realize Bosh was struggling so much this season. He refuses to use the injury to his knee as an excuse, but clearly something isn't right. Bosh looked like a superstar last year against the Magic.

    Also, new acquisition Jason Kapono has been struggling guarding the opposing team SF so far, as Desmond Mason was perfect from the field against TOR last night. Could be another big night for Rashard tonight!

    I know the Raptors will play better tonight than they did at MIL. The starting five for TOR will want to redeem themselves after their embarrassing performance against the Bucks.

    The next two games will be tough for the Magic, with the difficulty they had against TOR last season, and then on FRI night at NY against the Knicks' strong frontline. I'll be happy with a split for a 3-1 road trip.

    Even though the Raptors swept the Magic last season, the Magic is a much-improved and much better-coached team this season, and with Bosh not 100%, the Magic can build on their momentum from last night's win.

    I'll say Magic by 3 pts.


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