Game night preview
ORLANDO MAGIC vs. BOSTON CELTICS
Thursday, Jan. 28. 8:00 p.m. TNT
When the Magic (29-16, 16-4 home) return home on Thursday the national spotlight will be shining on Orlando as they get set to battle the Boston Celtics (29-13, 16-6 road) for the third time this season at 8 p.m. ET. Orlando has split its two meetings with Boston during its 2009-10 campaign. After traveling up to Beantown and notching an 83-78 victory on Nov. 20, the Magic fell to the Celtics, 86-77, at Amway Arena on Christmas Day. Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo took advantage of a rusty Jameer Nelson – who was playing in just his third game after missing more than a month following knee surgery – and dominated the Magic to the tune of 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. But since that triumph on Dec. 25, Boston has won just six of its last 14 games – a stretch that included three consecutive losses at TD Garden. However, Kevin Garnett played in just three contests during that span. And Orlando is all too familiar with how much his presence means to Boston defensively. “They have a lot of athleticism, they move well and they take up a lot of the paint, so they make it tough,” Vince Carter said of Boston’s defense. “They do a great job and believe in each other on the defensive end.”
|Boston||29-13||1st Atlantic / 2nd East||99.7||93.7||Road 16-6||Won 2||5-5|
|Orlando||29-16||2nd Southeast / 4th East||101.1||96.3||Home 16-4||Lost 1||5-5|
Here is the complete game preview from Yahoo! Sports.
Also, check out this article from writer Tim Povtak of nba.fanhouse.com about how Magic center Dwight Howard wants the ball more.
The Magic are 3 1/2 point favorites.