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Monday, March 10, 2008

Hawks/Magic preview

The Magic (40-24, 18-12 home) take on another team that is desperately fighting for a playoff berth, as they host ATL (26-36, 7-24 road) MON night. ATL is coming off two wins on SAT, beating MIA in the completion of the first game and also in the regularly scheduled game 97-94, where Joe Johnson scored 39 pts to lead the Hawks.

The probable starting lineup for ATL:

G... Mike Bibby (12,7 ppg, 5.6 asts)
G... Joe Johnson (21.0 ppg, 5.4 asts)
F... Marvin Williams (15.3 ppg, 5.8 rebs)
F... Josh Smith (17.2 ppg, 8.0 rebs)
C... Al Horford (9.7 ppg, 9.9 rebs)

Top reserves: Josh Childress (11.8 ppg); Salim Stoudamire (5.3 ppg); Zaza Pachulia (4.9 ppg); Acie Law (4.6 ppg);

ATL is averaging 95.9 ppg and allowing 98.7 ppg; the Magic are averaging 104.4 ppg while allowing 100.2 ppg.

ATL is the only Eastern Conference team the Magic have not beaten this season, as they lost the first game the two teams played in ORL 98-97 back in DEC. ATL has beaten the Magic three games in a row, and 4 out of the last 5 games. The Hawks are just holding on to the eighth spot in the East, just 1/2 game ahead of NJ and 1 1/2 games ahead of CHI. The game means a lot more to ATL than the Magic, but the Magic will want to do much better than the disappointing effort they gave while losing to GS SAT. Magic are 9 1/2 pt favorites (www.pinnaclesports.com).

1 Comments:

  • At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Economically Basketball is totally different than Baseball. When one did not have a salary cap, basketball has one. That is the reason why GMs need to use ingenuity to get player that fit your system at the right price. The ultimate goal for Professional teams is to try to win every year. Orlando Magic is close but not closes enough. 116M for Lewis, we could got Richardson for a lot less. 35M to Nelson, he rank about 20 in my list of PG in the league behind Arroyo and Dooling, figure this out. We have 3 SG Evans JJ and Boganns playing the same position. We signed JJ, it had been two years and the young man doesn’t get to play. We had the chance to put a packet together for a PF to make us a contender but we did not put the plug. We might win 50 games but so what? Look the Suns, they finally figuring out how to play with Shaq. Does Orlando will be able to make defensive stops against Detroit Wallace, Boston Garnet, Lebron Cavs, and when Arenas and Butler get back who is going to guard Jamison ”ALL STAR PF. We were one player along to become contenders but the trade have to make sense for Otis.

     

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