Game night preview
ORLANDO MAGIC vs. DALLAS MAVERICKS
Friday, Feb. 19. 8:00 p.m. ESPN
When Caron Butler buried a game-winning jumper in Orlando two weeks ago, the Magic probably figured they wouldn’t have to see him again any time soon. The Dallas Mavericks (33-21, 17-12 road), the Magic’s opponent on Friday, cancelled that idea however when they acquired Butler from the Washington Wizards during the All-Star break. Some hoops analysts suggest that the addition of Butler along with Brendan Haywood catapults the Mavericks into the elite class of the Western Conference. They now feature a lineup that includes Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion, Butler and Haywood. Not bad at all. Orlando (37-18, 21-5 home) will certainly need to deliver its A game, and it all starts with Dwight Howard. The MVP candidate has been extraordinary as of late – recording 16 straight double-doubles. This matchup will also be an intriguing test to see how the Magic respond against one of the West’s best. The last time they competed against a first-rate Western Conference squad, the Magic played very well. Despite falling short against the L.A. Lakers in the finale of a West Coast road trip recently, Orlando showed it can keep up with the upper echelon teams. The Magic will also be looking for some revenge. They lost to the Mavericks at home last season.
|Dallas||33-21||1st Southwest / 4th West||101.1||99.5||Road 17-12||Won 1||4-6|
|Orlando||37-18||1st Southeast / 2nd East||101.4||95.8||Home 21-5||Won 1||8-2|
Here is the complete game preview from Yahoo! Sports.
The Magic are 6 point favorites.