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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Nuggets/Magic preview

The Magic (32-21, 13-11 home) will try to end a disappointing homestand on a winning note as high-scoring DEN (32-19, 11-13 road) comes into Amway Arena. The Nuggets are coming off a 114-113 OT win at MIA TUE night, with J.R. Smith scoring 28 pts with eight 3 pt FGs. DEN has won 3 games in a row, 6 of their last 7, and trail UT by only 1/2 game in the NW division in the Western Conference.

The probable starting lineup for DEN:

G... Anthony Carter (8.1 ppg, 6.2 asts)
G... Allen Iverson (26.6 ppg, 7.3 asts)
F... Carmelo Anthony (26.1 ppg, 7.3 rebs)
F... Kenyon Martin (11.1 ppg, 6.4 rebs)
C... Marcus Camby (9.3 ppg, 14.5 rebs)

Top reserves: Linas Kleiza (12.1 ppg); J.R. Smith (9.7 ppg); Eduardo Najera (5.9 ppg)

DEN is averaging 106.8 ppg while allowing 103.8 ppg; ORL is averaging 103.9 ppg while allowing 100.8 ppg.

Even though DEN beat the Magic by 10 pts in JAN, the Magic have won an amazing 14 games in a row at home against the Nuggets; the last time DEN beat the Magic in ORL was March of 1992. The Magic are 6 pt favorites (www.pinnaclesports.com) in this, their last game prior to the All-Star Game.


  • At 3:33 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    That's quite a streak the Magic have going, beating DEN 14 times in a row in ORL; but if the Magic don't come out focused on defense, this could easily be another loss, as the Nuggets have several players who are capable of going off on a point splurge.

    Of course, it's going to be interesting seeing how Howard comes out and plays defensively after being singled out by Coach Van Gundy after MON night's loss to the Cavs.

    My last few predictions have stunk, so all I'll say about tonight's game is that if the Magic come out with the mindset of playing defense, they will win; if not, that's another story.


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