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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Game night preview


ORLANDO MAGIC at ATLANTA HAWKS
Wednesday, March 24. 7:00 p.m.
Philips Arena
Atlanta, GA

Don’t be surprised when the Magic’s road matchup with the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET) has the feel of a postseason affair. With only a 4.5-game differential separating the Southeast Division rivals, there’s a lot more on the line than your average regular season contest. A win over Atlanta would all but wrap up the Southeast Division for Orlando. Assuming there’s no shift in the standings prior to the matchup, a victory would give the Magic a 5.5-game division lead and complete a four-game season sweep of the Hawks – giving Orlando the head-to-head tiebreaker – with just 10 contests to play. But winning in Atlanta will be no easy task. The Hawks are tied for the fourth-best home record in the league – fittingly with the Magic – and have won six straight games in the friendly confines of Philips Arena. They also secured a playoff spot on Sunday with a thrilling overtime victory over the Spurs. Crawford, a frontrunner for the Sixth Man of the Year Award, has been a big factor in
Atlanta’s push for the postseason and has been playing his best basketball down the stretch. He’s averaging a season-high 21.3 points per game in the month of March and will certainly be a focal point of Orlando’s defensive game plan.

Team
Record Standings PF PA Road/Home Streak L10
Orlando 50-21 1st Southeast / 2nd East 102.1 95.0 Road 22-14 Won 3 9-1
Atlanta 45-25 2nd Southeast / 4th East 102.4 97.7 Home 28-7 Lost 1 6-4

Here is the complete game preview from Yahoo! Sports.

Here is an article about the return of Zydrunas Ilgauskas to Cleveland.

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