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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Game night preview

Saturday, Jan. 9. 7:00 p.m.
Amway Center
Orlando, FL

The Magic (24-12, 13-4 home) close out their four-game week on Saturday when they host the Southeast Division rival Atlanta Hawks (23-12, 9-8 road) at 7 p.m. ET. After a red-hot 11-3 start to the season, the Hawks are just 12-9 since dropping a Thanksgiving Day decision to the Magic on November 26. Following a sub-par showing in the first half of that contest, Orlando went on to outscore Atlanta 54-25 after halftime as it marched to a 93-76 road victory. Dwight Howard and Anthony Johnson played huge roles in that triumph, combining for 39 points, 31 of which came in the second half. "I came out in the second half and just trusted my teammates," Howard said following that game. "They made some open shots and I tried to dominate the paint. It doesn't matter if we're down 20, we're going to continue to fight." The Magic will need a similar effort from their superstar center on Saturday if they want to extend their current half game lead over the Hawks in the Southeast Division.

Here is the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports.

The Magic are 3 1/2 point favorites.


  • At 3:22 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    The Hawks have all the momentum coming into this game, so this would be a great time for the Magic to turn things around and come away with a victory to cement their first place standing in the SE, and to ready themselves for a tough schedule the rest of this month.

  • At 4:25 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Hopefully VC can go. If not JJ needs to be ready for a tough match-up with atlanta's JJ.

  • At 5:52 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Update on Vince Carter:

    According to Josh Robbins of the Sentinel and the Magic BasketBlog, Carter will not play tonight, but is still considered day-to-day.

    J.J. Redick will get the nod as the starting SG in place of Carter.


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