Game night preview
ORLANDO MAGIC at DENVER NUGGETS
Wednesday, Jan. 13. 9:00 p.m. Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
The Magic (26-12, 12-8 road) travel to Denver (24-14, 16-3) on Wednesday to clash with one of this season’s Western Conference powers, the Nuggets, at 9 p.m. ET. Although recent injuries to both Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups have slightly diminished their offensive firepower, the Nuggets remain among the best in the league. Once completely healthy, Denver expects to be a serious challenger to the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the West. Orlando, furthermore, has plenty in common with its opponent from the Mile High City. Both teams feature supreme centers in Dwight Howard and Nene. These two forces will attempt to slow down one another, while other key standouts such as the Magic’s Rashard Lewis and the Nuggets’ Kenyon Martin will try to steal the spotlight offensively. Perhaps most significant in this highly-anticipated matchup, the Magic and Nuggets embrace two of the NBA’s best benches. On one hand, reserves such as Mickael Pietrus, Ryan Anderson and Jason Williams have provided a colossal boost for Orlando. On the other hand, J.R. Smith and rookie sensation Ty Lawson have delivered frequent big performances for Denver. Last season, these two championship contenders advanced far into the postseason. Orlando competed in the NBA Finals, while Denver qualified for the Western Conference Finals.
|Orlando||26-12||1st Southeast / 3rd East||101.7||95.8||Road 12-8||Won 2||5-5|
|Denver||24-14||1st Northwest / 4th West||106.8||101.9||Home 16-3||Won 1||5-5|
Here is the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports.
The Nuggets are 5 1/2 point favorites.