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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Pacers/Magic preview

The Magic (43-24, 20-12 home), winners of 11 of their last 14 games and coming off a tough road win at MIA, will be trying for their fourth win in a row tonight as they host IND (25-40, 12-22 road). IND is coming off a 116-97 loss at DAL FRI night.

Pacers G Jamaal Tinsley and PF Jermaine O'Neal remain out with injuries.

The probable starting lineup for IND:

G... Travis Diener (2005 Magic second round pick) (6.9 ppg)
G... Danny Granger (18.4 ppg, 5.8 rebs)
F... Mike Dunleavy (18.2 ppg, 5.3 rebs)
F... Troy Murphy (11.7 ppg, 6.8 rebs)
C... Jeff Foster (6.3 ppg, 8.7 rebs)

Top reserves: Kareem Rush (8.9 ppg); Ronald Murray (8.6 ppg); Marquis Daniels (8.1 ppg); Shawne Williams (6.9 ppg)

IND is averaging 103.0 ppg while allowing 105.6 ppg; ORL is averaging 104.8 ppg and allows 100.1 ppg.

The Magic are 1-1 against IND this season, with both teams winning on the other's home floor. The Magic had one of their more embarrassing losses of the season in early DEC against the Pacers, as IND came back from a 15 pt third qtr deficit to stun the Magic. Magic are 11 pt favorites tonight (www.pinnaclesports.com).

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