Game night preview
The Magic’s (11-4) endurance will be challenged on Thanksgiving, when they travel to Atlanta (11-3) to battle the Hawks at 8 p.m. ET Thursday. The second game of Orlando’s back-to-back is in the middle of a grueling stretch that has the Magic playing in four cities in five nights. “It’s going to be a real tough holiday weekend for us,” Magic shooting guard J.J. Redick said. “We have four games in five nights and it’s four cities in five nights. So it will be a challenge for us.” The Hawks have won seven of their past eight games and are currently 1/2 game ahead of the Magic atop the Southeast division. In order for Orlando to claim division supremacy, they’ll need to find a way to slow down Atlanta guards Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford, who are currently averaging a combined 39.3 points per game. While initially displeased with his team’s defensive start to the season, Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy is beginning to see improvement. “I think we’re really battling hard defensively,” Van Gundy said. “I think that has really improved over the last two games. We went into Boston, they were No. 1 in the league in field goal percentage and we held them in the low 30s. We come in (Sunday) and this team is averaging 107 a game and (we) give them 28 in the first quarter, and then still end up holding them below 100. That to me is what I like. I see us fighting harder and making a better effort defensively. “
Here is the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports.
The Hawks are 3 point favorites.