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Monday, November 03, 2008

Magic look to get to .500 Monday night as they host Chicago

The Bulls, who were arguably the most disappointing team in the NBA last season, finishing 33-49 after many experts predicted they would be a contender to win the East before last season, have retooled thanks to getting lucky in the draft lottery in securing the number one draft pick. They turned that pick into Derrick Rose, who leads all NBA rookies in scoring three games into the season leading the Bulls to a 2-1 record.

Dwight Howard should have a huge night, as the Bulls have no one who can guard him. They don't start a true center, starting a power forward in Drew Gooden and two small forwards in Tyrus Thomas and Luol Deng. However, Rose could have a big night himself as he is coming off a 26 point effort against Memphis. Jameer Nelson will definitely need help in guarding Rose, as there is no way Nelson can keep up with the quickness of Rose.

The depth of the Bulls will pose a problem for the Magic also. Gunners Ben Gordon, Kirk Hinrich, and Andres Nocioni all have come off the bench the first three games; all scored in double figures against Memphis.

Gooden is coming off a 20 rebound game against Memphis and Tyrus Thomas a 5 blocked shots effort against the Grizzlies.

The Bulls have held all three of their opponents to under 100 points, so the Magic need to keep up their good shooting from Saturday night's game against Sacramento.

For the complete preview, click here

Also, check out the third quarter collapse preview and the iblogbulls.com preview

The Magic are 7 point favorites.


  • At 3:20 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    This game definitely concerns me. The Magic need to keep Derrick Rose under control, and the Magic starters all will have to play as well as they did against the Kings because the Bulls bench has a huge advantage over the Magic bench.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see the Bulls foul Howard quite a bit (they have Joakim Noah and Aaron Gray on the bench who could come in for that purpose) so Dwight will have to come through from the line.

    Even following the good win against Sacramento, I am not optimistic about the Magic winning this game. Unless the Magic can shoot at least 50% from the field, I believe the Bulls will win because of their superior depth off the bench and the dazzling play of Rose.

    Hope I am wrong!


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