Game night preview
ORLANDO MAGIC vs. ATLANTA HAWKS
Saturday, Jan. 9. 7:00 p.m.
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.