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Sixers @ Magic Game Thread 12/18/10


TV: Comcast SportsNet, NBA League Pass Channel 3

Tip Time: 7:00 PM EDT

Location: Amway Center

Vegas Line: 6.5 (Magic)

Mortal Enemies of the Night: Orlando Pinstriped Post

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  • The Magic made two trades today. Trade #1: Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, a first-round pick ,and cash to the Phoneix Suns for Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Earl Clark. Trade #2: Rashard Lewis for Gilbert Arenas.
  • The Magic will be without Carter, Gortat, Pietrus, and Lewis tonight, along with all of their new additions.
  • They also have four players listed on the injury report: Ryan Anderson, Chris Duhon, Daniel Orton, and Quentin Richardson.
  • Of the four players listed on the injury report, none of them played in the Magic's previous game against the Nuggets.
  • Orton and Anderson will not play, and Duhon and Richardson are listed as questionable.
  • The Magic's injuries and recent trades may leave them with only six healthy players for tonight's. Although Duhon and Richardson will suit up, because I believe you must have at least 8 active players to play.
  • If Dwight gets in any sort of foul trouble tonight, Malik Allen and Brandon Bass will be Orlando's only big men. Allen is old, and Bass is a 6'8'' scorer in the mold of Elton Brand, instead of a rebounding/shot-blocking big. If the Magic are forced to play a Bass/Allen front court for a significant period of time tonight, the Sixers could have a field day inside.
  • On top of the mass confusion on the Magic's roster, they've lost five of their last six games, with their only win coming against the Clippers.
  • Although the Sixers are playing their second of a back-to-back, and playing on the road, they should have a legitimate chance to steal this game.
  • The big keys to this game are getting Dwight in foul trouble, and limiting the double-teaming of Howard. The last thing you need is Dwight kicking out to shooters for 20 threes. Let him score 40 instead.
  • The Sixers are 2-10 on the road and the Magic are 9-3 at home.
Prediction: Sixers 105, Magic 90

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