Game night preview
ORLANDO MAGIC at NEW JERSEY NETS
Friday, March 5. 8:00 p.m.
East Rutherford, NJ
It’s definitely a peculiar travel week for the Orlando Magic (42-20, 18-14 road). They fly to Philadelphia before returning home to play Golden State and then revisit the northeast for a meeting with the New Jersey Nets (6-54, 3-27 home). Nevertheless, Friday’s contest (8 p.m. ET) allows Vince Carter to return to the place he flourished at for half a decade. The eight-time All-Star helped the Nets reach the playoffs in three of the five seasons he was there before being traded along with Ryan Anderson this past summer to the Magic for Courtney Lee, Rafer Alston and Tony Battie. The last time he visited New Jersey on Oct. 30, Carter was having an outstanding night before spraining his left ankle in the first half. Nets fans, however, offered their former superstar a very warm welcome back. Meanwhile, a former Magic fan favorite has begun to play very effectively for his new team. Despite New Jersey struggling this season, Lee has recently increased his scoring average to more than 12 points per game after two tremendous performances last week. He matched a season-best with 28 points against Portland and followed with 21 points in a shocking Nets victory over Boston before spraining his ankle. Lee missed Sunday’s game against Washington and his return date is still questionable.
|Orlando||42-20||1st Southeast / 2nd East||101.7||95.6||Road 18-14||Won 3||7-3|
|New Jersey||6-54||5th Atlantic / 15th East||90.3||101.1||Home 3-27||Lost 2||2-8|
Here is the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports.
The Magic are 10 point favorites.