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(6-3) vs. (7-2)
Time/TV: 10 p.m./Sun Sports
Line: Portland by 3
Tickets: $12-$365 on TiqIQ
Season Series: Tonight in Portland
1) Orlando's offense has been surprisingly efficient statistically despite no isolation threats and few fast breaking opportunities. The Magic will be put to the test in its next stretch of games, Zach Lowe of The Point Forward writes.
2) The Magic have yet to beat a team from last year's Playoffs. They have a good chance to make a statement win in Portland tonight, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes. It is always difficult to get a win at the Rose Garden and this year is no different.
3) Stan Van Gundy tells Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel he is not worry too much about Dwight Howard's trade future. Van Gundy is more concerned with the things he can control. Robbins has some particular things that concern Van Gundy.
4) David Thorpe of ESPN Insider states five things teams can do to slow down Dwight Howard.
6) A difficult decision between Gerald Wallace and Nicolas Batum looms for the Trail Blazers in the very near future, Kerry Eggers of The Portland Tribune writes. Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus is one who believes Batum needs to get more playing time. Meanwhile Eric Freeman of Ball Don't Lie predicts the lockout will be the culprit of Gerald Wallace not getting the extension he wants.
7) The Magic are not getting many fast break points and Stan Van Gundy does not expect that to change. It is a problem of personnel, he tells Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
8) Dave of Blazers Edge writes the Magic are who they are and execute a system really well. So Portland has to ask itself: What will the team do about Dwight Howard.
9) Stan Van Gundy likes what he has seen from Von Wafer, even though he still has a long way to go defensively. But against a bigger Portland lineup tonight, we may not see much of Wafer, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
10) LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight Howard are among the centers expected to be in the U.S.A. Basketball pool for the Olympics. Aldridge is the most subtle NBA superstar, writes Mike Prada of SBNation. You will note in that roster pool that there are not a lot of shooters.
11) Raymond Felton struggled to close the game last night, continuing a disturbing trend from Portland's starting point guard as Jason Quick of The Oregonian writes.
12) Mike Tokito of The Oregonian writes Dwight Howard is carrying a big bag of rumors along with him to Portland.