Orlando at Boston
Orlando: 106.5 points/100 possessions (9th)
Boston: 105.8 points/100 possessions (11th)
Orlando: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (5th)
Boston: 98 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)
Probable Magic starters: Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu, Ryan Anderson, Dwight Howard
View from opposing bench: Magic Basketball
What to look for:
Today we get to see another installment of Kendrick Perkins vs. Howard. Do you think there’s a player/team that Perkins gets more motivated for than Dwight and the Magic? I don’t think so. Dwight will have to be careful not to get into foul trouble, though, because the already-thin Magic frontcourt has been without Brandon Bass for a few games. That means potentially significant minutes for Malik Allen and Earl Clark, which should play to the Celtics’ favor.
I won’t go as far as to call this an “important” game. It’s not. But a loss would be frustrating for both teams. Losing two straight home games is generally not the momentum you want with the Heat and Lakers coming into town. As for Orlando, the Magic have been playing .500 basketball for almost a month now (7-7 in their last 14 games).
Prediction: Celtics 105 – Magic 101