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Friday, January 11, 2008

Magic/Nuggets preview

The Magic (23-14, 16-6 road) have their work cut out for them as they take on DEN (21-13, 14-5 home) tonight. DEN has the highest scoring duo in the league in Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony. DEN is coming off a 137-115 loss at PHO on MON, with Iverson scoring 32 pts.

The probable starting lineup for DEN:

G... Anthony Carter (8.0 ppg, 5.7 asts)
G... Allen Iverson (27.1 ppg, 6.8 asts)
F... Carmelo Anthony (25.2 ppg, 6.9 rebs)
F... Kenyon Martin (9.4 ppg, 6.0 rebs)
C... Marcus Camby (9.0 ppg, 14.0 rebs)

Top reserves: Linas Kleiza (10.4 ppg); J.R. Smith (10.1 ppg); Nene (6.4 ppg); Eduardo Najera (6.3 ppg)

DEN is averaging 106.8 ppg, while allowing 103.6 ppg. ORL is averaging 103.6 ppg, while allowing 100.3.

DEN will be without two former Magic players, Chucky Atkins and Steven Hunter. DEN has beaten the Magic 4 games in a row in DEN, and is a 4 1/2 pt favorite over the Magic (www.pinnaclesports.com).


  • At 8:10 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    It's going to be quite a defensive challenge for the Magic tonight, as Iverson always seems to light up the Magic, and the Nuggets are one of the highest scoring teams in the league, and certainly have a very talented team.

    According to the Sentinel, look for Nelson and Evans to start in the backcourt for the Magic again.

    Turk, Lewis, and Dwight all have to have big nights for the Magic to have a chance at winning, and Nelson has to have a steady, consistent game at the point. All the bench guys will have to be ready, too.

    DEN is the fresher team of the two, having three days of rest. Magic will have to play at their best to have a chance here... Nuggets by 5.


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