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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Opening night tonight against 76ers

Here is the Magic press release regarding the game:

After finishing the preseason a prefect 8-0, the Orlando Magic officially tip off their quest for the 2009-10 NBA championship when they open their season against the Philadelphia 76ers at Amway Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. The 76ers will certainly be looking for revenge against the Magic, after Orlando eliminated Philadelphia from the first round of the playoffs last season. However, last season’s results offer little indication towards this upcoming contest as both the Magic and Sixers feature re-tooled rosters to start the upcoming campaign. The Magic have added eight-time All-Star Vince Carter to go along with recent acquisitions Ryan Anderson, Matt Barnes, Brandon Bass and Jason Williams. The Sixers, on the other hand, are hoping for a boost by the return of power forward Elton Brand. “They are a very athletic team,” Carter said of the Sixers. “I think (Andre) Iguodala has emerged into a young star and I think that Thaddeus Young is now emerging.” If the preseason has been any indication, the Magic’s reshaped roster has helped put them on pace for another Finals run. Orlando erupted for an NBA-best 109.62 points per game, while allowing only 91.87 ppg. That’s a point differential of +17.75, the best in league by a full 10 points. But the Magic aren’t putting any stock into preseason performances and they’re eager to get their regular season campaign tipped off right. “For us, once again, we have to make our mark on the game immediately, come jump ball,” Carter explained. “That’s our goal.”

The Magic are favored by 9 1/2 points.

The over/under on the Magic's win total this season is 58 1/2, and the odds of the Magic winning the East are 3/1 (Cleveland's odds are 1.2/1 and Boston's odds are 1.8/1).

The odds of the Magic winning the NBA championship are 7/1, with the Lakers being the favorite.

For the complete preview of tonight's game from Yahoo! Sports, click here

3 Comments:

  • At 2:40 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    It'll be interesting to see how the 76ers perform without Andre Miller (now with Portland), and with Elton Brand back in the lineup.

    Even without Rashard Lewis,the Magic's fantastic depth that was in evidence in preseason should help lead the Magic to a double-digit win over Philly tonight.

    I wonder who will lead the Magic in scoring tonight... VC or D12?

    We all remember the disastrous 0-2 start from last season, when the Magic looked absolutely miserable in losing those first two games before turning things around.

    I don't expect a repeat of that start this season.

     
  • At 3:32 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Four new starters for the Magic compared to Game 5 against the Lakers:

    PG... Jameer Nelson in place of Rafer Alston

    SG... Vince Carter in place of Courtney Lee

    SF... Mickael Pietrus in place of Hedo Turkoglu

    PF... Ryan Anderson in place of Rashard Lewis

    Of course, Dwight Howard is the mainstay at center.

    I like the decision to start Anderson, as he really proved in the preseason what a great touch he has from long range.

     
  • At 7:04 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    WhoooHooo!! Finally! The season is under way..

     

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