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Saturday, March 08, 2008

High-scoring Warriors take on Magic tonight

GS (38-23, 17-13 road), barely holding onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the West and winners of 7 of their last 10 games, come into Orlando to play the surging Magic (40-23, 18-11 home), winners of 8 of their last 10 games. GS is coming off a 134-99 thrashing of the pitiful Heat FRI night, with Stephen Jackson leading the Warriors with 22 pts.

New GS acquisition Chris Webber has a sore knee and is questionable for the game; C Andris Biedrins played for the first time in six games against MIA, as he is recovering from an appendectomy. For the Magic, KDooling's status over his sore foot is not known, while KBogans is playing through a strained abdominal muscle.

The probable starting lineup for GS:

G... Baron Davis (22.0 ppg, 7.9 asts)
G... Monta Ellis (19.5 ppg)
F... Stephen Jackson (20.9 ppg)
F... Brandan Wright (4.1 ppg)
C... Al Harrington (14.4 ppg, 5.4 rebs)

Top reserves: Andris Biedrins (10.3 ppg, 9.7 rebs); Kelenna Azubuike (8.5 ppg); Matt Barnes (7.9 ppg, 5.0 rebs); Mickael Pietrus (6.2 ppg); Austin Croshere (3.8 ppg)

GS is averaging 110.9 ppg, while allowing 107.9 ppg. ORL is averaging 104.6 ppg, and allowing 100.1 ppg.

The Magic won an exciting 123-117 OT game against the Warriors in early DEC, and will be trying to sweep GS for the first time since the 2001-02 season. In the last seven games, the Magic have held their opponents to an average of just 93.7 ppg. The Warriors have scored at least 100 pts in 25 consecutive games, and are one game ahead of ninth-place DEN but just 1/2 game behind seventh-place DAL in the Wild Wild West. The Magic are 7 1/2 pt favorites over GS (www.pinnaclesports.com).

2 Comments:

  • At 9:34 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    The only way to win a game like this is to "Do what you do best" and dont let the other team (no matter what they want to do)stop you from playing your game. The magic can make this really easy by pounding the ball into dwight and getting easy baskets,that way we can set our defense at the other end. If were missing shots they can run.

     
  • At 7:14 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Beating a quality team from the West like GS would be another feather in the Magic's cap, as the Magic continue to peak in the season's final weeks.

     

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