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Thursday, January 22, 2009

How the Celtics and Magic match up statistically going into tonight's game

The Celtics are coming off a dominant 98-83 win over the Miami Heat Wednesday night as they come into Orlando for tonight's big game, which will be nationally televised on TNT at 8 Eastern Time. Ray Allen scored 27 points and Eddie House scored 25 points to lead the Celtics.

Boston has now won six games in a row, including their last four games by an average of 21 points. They are back on track after losing 7 of 9 games prior to their current winning streak.

Boston (35-9) now leads the Magic (33-8) by a half-game in the Eastern Conference standings, even though the Magic (.805) still has the better winning percentage than the Celtics (.795). A win tonight from the Magic will put them in sole possession of first in the East.

Let's take a look at how both teams are performing in various statistical categories. The stats from the Boston/Miami game last night are not included, except for the points per game and points allowed, which are up to date.

PPG... ORL 102.3 BOS 100.9
PA... BOS 91.3 ORL 93.7
MARGIN... BOS 9.6 ORL 8.6
FG%... BOS 48.0% ORL 46.1%
3 PT FG%... ORL 40.3% BOS 37.4%
FT%... BOS 77.0% ORL 71.9%
AST... BOS 22.5 ORL 19.5
TO... ORL 14.1 BOS 16.1
REB... ORL 42.9 BOS 42.8
STL... BOS 8.6 ORL 7.4
BLK... ORL 5.7 BOS 4.9

The Magic are 5 point favorites. Should be a great atmosphere at Amway Arena... GO MAGIC!!

For a complete game preview from Yahoo! Sports, click here


  • At 4:46 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Usually, the first game back home after a long road trip is a trap game, but not this game, as the Magic take on the defending World Champions. You know they will be ready for this one!

    OVERWADED, that's awesome you'll be at the game; I'm sure you'll have some pretty interesting insights afterwards.

  • At 11:25 AM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    When two of the league best's get together stats will be close obviously but neither team is super deep in my opinion,so the team who can limit the most help will win the game. Games like these benches make a big difference,we'll see if the magic bench can make an impact and if they do i see a magic victory. Have fun intro,i'll be looking for ya bro!...LOL

  • At 6:22 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    I'm also very curious about how the match-ups will be tonight. I'm thinking that SVG will switch hedo off of paul and have him run with ray while CL gets to defend paul. If this happens then hedo has to win the match-up with ray because you cant expect a rookie (CL)to win his match-up with paul,but at the same time ray has been lights out for them lately so it wont be easy for hedo unless he does something i'm not sure he can do and thats play some tough defense. Hedo has to be physical with ray and i'm going to be watching very closely at that match-up because everybody else should pretty much be a wash(except for perkins against dwight).

  • At 6:45 PM, Blogger Spencer said…

    Boston will definitely be ready for us in the paint. I agree that our reserves will play a big role throughout. If we can grab the treys tonight things will go a little easier, but I'm predicting a hard-fought, low-scoring game.

    I pray that Hedo's keyed up for this, since our double-headed distribution system is a serious threat to anyone when he's not dozing.

    Let's torch 'em.

  • At 7:04 PM, Blogger OVERWADED said…

    This is my version of a "hit and run".

    I'll be in Section 113, Row F, Seats 1 and 2 wearing a black Magic retro jersey.

    So, if the game gets shady, and you see a guy 6 rows back to the right of Doc Rivers getting tossed; it might be me...


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