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Monday, December 10, 2007

Hawks/Magic preview

The Magic (16-5, 5-3 home) will try to avoid losing consecutive games for the first time this season as they take on ATL (9-10, 3-5 road), who has won 3 of their last 4 games, and is coming off a 86-78 win over MEM SAT night, as Josh Smith led the Hawks with 25 pts.

The probable starting lineup for ATL:

G... Anthony Johnson (3.8 ppg)
G... Joe Johnson (20.5 ppg, 5.4 asts)
F... Marvin Williams (15.6 ppg, 5.9 rebs)
F... Josh Smith (18.0 ppg, 7.2 rebs)
C... Al Horford (8.8 ppg, 10.8 rebs)

Top reserves: Josh Childress (12.2 ppg); Salim Stoudamire (5.5 ppg); Acie Law (5.2 ppg); Shelden Williams (2.7 ppg)

G Tyronn Lue, a former Magic player, is out with a calf injury, and C Zaza Pachulia, another former Magic player, has a concussion and is questionable.

ATL is averaging 92.9 ppg while allowing 94.3 ppg. ORL is averaging 104.7 ppg, while allowing 98.4.

ATL defeated the Magic in three of four games last season, as the Magic's DHoward averaged just 14 pts and 7.5 rebs in those four games, but the Magic have won 13 of the last 15 games in ORL against the Hawks. The Magic are a 9 1/2 pt favorite (www.pinnaclesports.com)


  • At 2:13 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The Magic played awful last season against the Hawks, losing 3 of the 4 games. Joe Johnson really torched the Magic also.

    Even though the Hawks are an improved team this season, the Magic should prevail tonight. It'll be interesting to see the rotations Coach Van Gundy uses following the second-half collapse against the Pacers.

    ATL did a pretty good job defending Howard last season, holding him to just 14 ppg, but I look for him to play a lot better against the Hawks this time. I'll say... Magic by 6.

  • At 5:44 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Yeah this should be interesting,im going to be watching the substitution pattern specifically. I have a feeling that carlos will remain at back-up point and keyon will man the starting two guard position with bogans out. Now if keith can go,keyon probably plays back-up two and JJ probably sits,which is crazy to me. Line-up wise we have the advantage at every position basically outside of joe johnson so there's no reason why the magic shouldnt beat them by double digits. We seem to go as our point guard goes,when jameer has struggled we've struggled so im going to be watching that position very closely. Magic win!


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