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Monday, December 03, 2007

Magic/Warriors preview

Two of the hottest NBA teams play tonight, as the Magic (15-4, 10-2 road) take on GS (9-7, 3-4 home). After an 0-6 start, the Warriors have won 9 of their last 10 games, including the last 6 in a row. Stephen Jackson, who was suspended the first seven games of the season, has made a big difference for GS. They are coming off a 109-96 win at SEA SUN night, in which Jackson and Al Harrington each scored 20 pts.

The probable starting lineup for GS:

G... Baron Davis (23.6 ppg, 8.6 asts)
G... Monta Ellis (16.4 ppg)
F... Stephen Jackson (21.4 ppg, 5.3 rebs)
F... Al Harrington (15.7 ppg, 5.7 rebs)
C... Andris Biedrins (11.2 ppg, 10.1 rebs)

Top reserves: Kelenna Azubuike (13.4 ppg, 5.1 rebs), Mickael Pietrus (7.9 ppg), Matt Barnes (7.4 ppg)

GS averages a league-leading 108.6 ppg, while allowing 107.1 ppg; the Magic average 103.5 ppg, while allowing 96.5.

The Magic will be without CArroyo again, as he is in ORL tending to his ill daughter. GS may be without Pietrus, who suffered a possible broken nose SUN night against SEA. GS is a 3 pt favorite (www.pinnaclesports.com).

3 Comments:

  • At 3:28 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Should be a great game tonight.

    The Magic will probably need the balanced scoring and the strong bench performance they received against the Lakers to have a chance at beating GS. Hopefully, JNelson will have a better game after an off-night against the Lakers.

    The thing that worries me is that Baron Davis has always played well against the Magic, even dating back to his days with the old Charlotte Hornets.

    With Jackson back after his suspension, that really allowed the Warriors to take off as a team, and they are getting contributions from a lot of people in winning 9 of their last 10 games.

    This will be the Magic's third game in four nights, and they will need a tremendous effort for a win against a red hot GS team and a 4-1 road trip. I think they are going to fall just a bit short... GS by 2 (hope the Magic can prove me wrong).

     
  • At 5:31 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I really dont like the magic either in this match-up but for different reason's. Here's a couple. (1)We struggle against small teams. Who's gonna stay with ellis in the open court? Our starting line-up is gonna have their hands full trying to stay in front of their ultra small starting line-up,which will probably lead to them scoring alot of points. (2)They've been playing this way longer than us. Do we want to play a running game with a team so small? Their experience will probably be the difference in the game taking advantage of our tired legs. The magic have a chance,but it's only if they can handle the speed of the warriors on the defensive end,we shouldnt have a problem offensively as long as we stay with the offensive game-plan.

     
  • At 5:40 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Almost forgot...If keyon can take on some of the defensive assignments against davis,we should be OK. Hopefully JJ can keep up his play as the match-up is in his favor with small guards for the warriors. Magic change their bad habits against small teams,D12 dominate's,and the magic get the win.

     

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