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Monday, December 17, 2007

Magic/Mavericks preview

The Magic (17-8, 12-3 road) begin a tough four game stretch MON night in DAL (16-9, 10-2 home). DAL is coming off a 96-83 win over HOU SAT night, with Josh Howard scoring 23 pts and Dirk Nowitzki 20 pts. DAL has won 4 of their last 5 games after losing 6 of 9.

The probable starting lineup for the Mavericks:

G... Devin Harris (13.0 ppg, 5.4 asts)
G... Jason Terry (16.7 ppg)
F... Josh Howard (21.9 ppg, 7.2 rebs)
F... Dirk Nowitzki (20.8 ppg, 8.2 rebs)
C... Erick Dampier (4.4 ppg, 6.1 rebs)

Top reserves: Jerry Stackhouse (10.0 ppg); Brandon Bass (8.8 ppg); DeSagana Diop (4.1 ppg, 6.5 rebs); Jose Juan Barea (5.1 ppg)

DAL is averaging 101.4 ppg while allowing 97.8 ppg; the Magic average 103.7 ppg while allowing 99.0 ppg.

The Magic have not won in DAL since DEC of 1997, and are 5 1/2 pt underdogs to the Mavs (www.pinnaclesports.com).


  • At 2:30 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The Mavs are playing much better after that bad stretch where they lost 6 of 9 games. In their last 5 games, in which they've won 4 of them, DAL is only allowing just over 92 pts a game defensively.

    It could be tough going for the Magic tonight if the Magic don't play better defense and DAL plays the tough defense they've been playing lately.

    The Magic are slumping, while the Mavs have noticeably improved their play, and the Mavs are at home where the Magic haven't won in 10 years. Magic will need to bring their "A" game if they have any hopes of pulling off an upset; otherwise, DAL will win.

  • At 2:51 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Yeah i like dallas in this one. Im going to be watching really to see if the starting line-up has any changes and if SVG can get the bench rotation right. Jameer needs to show on the defensive end that he doesnt deserve to be benched. We get those three things right and the magic can upset dallas.


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