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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Magic play at Philadelphia tonight on ESPN

The Magic (10-4), play a nationally televised ESPN game Wednesday night as they travel to take on the 76ers.

Philadelphia is coming off a 93-84 loss Monday to Charlotte. The 76ers have scored under 90 points in their last three games. Free agent pickup Elton Brand is averaging 16.6 points per game, which is four points off his average from two seasons ago with the Clippers.

The Magic will be without point guard Jameer Nelson (strained groin) and reserve shooting guard Keith Bogans (thumb fracture). Veteran Anthony Johnson will take Nelson's place in the lineup, with Courtney Lee the backup, and Hedo Turkoglu also playing some at the point.

The 76ers are favored by 2 points.

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  • At 5:31 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    It's going to be tough for the Magic to win without Jameer Nelson, who was playing outstanding at the point the last five games, and also Keith Bogans, but if Johnson can do an adequate job in Nelson's place and guys like J.J. Redick and Courtney Lee play well off the bench, this is a winnable game for the Magic, as the Sixers are struggling to score points.

  • At 11:01 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Very winnable game mike. Our top three guys are still gonna play,hedo,rashard and dwight. Seems as if when those three score over 20 at the same time the magic are winning those games. Anthony Johnson is probably a better passer than jameer and he should do a good job of not turning the ball over,we get those two things from that position and we should dominate the sixers. The sixers dont really have any perimeter post up threats so JJ and CL shouldnt have any problems contributing,all those two need to worry about is setting their feet and getting off a good shot. Against the bucks seemed like JJ was rushing his shots from three early in the game,then he settled down and you could see him gather himself and get off a good look. CL pretty much same thing and obviously he'll have a little more on his plate being the backup PG,i think he'll do fine with hedo splitting the ball handling so that all of the pressure isnt on the rook. The magic have always played well against philly and tonight i expect the same,they have no answer's for our big three and i expect them to be the difference. Rashard has to be big because brand cannot guard him all the way out to the three point line.

  • At 5:29 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    I agree with Big. A very winnable game. AJ is a veteran and shouldn't be prone to turnovers. They still have the BIG 3 in Dwight, Rashard and Turk. And this would be the ideal time for the bench to step up and earn some minutes. It would have been nice to have Dooling or even Arroyo as another PG, but we won't go into that now...

  • At 6:55 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Ken, nice to see you back on the blog again... don't be such a stranger!

  • At 7:03 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The Sixers have been upped to 5 point favorites for this game.

    Though the Magic are missing a key starter (Nelson) and a key reserve (Bogans), they do have the Big Three as you guys mentioned, plus they are 4-1 on the road and have won 4 of their last 5 in Philadelphia.


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