The Magic have secured the second seed in the East and are still unsure of who they will have to face first in the playoffs. That aside, the Orlando team will try to achieve their 5th consecutive victory playing on the road at Conseco Fieldhouse tonight, where they will try to beat the Indiana Pacers.
Orlando will play the Bucks, the Bobcats or the Heat at the quarterfinals for the Eastern Conference. Miami and Milwaukee are tied for the 5th spot, while Charlotte is currently 7th in the general standings for the EC. The champion for the Southeast division, the Magic are coming from a 98-92 victory on the road against the Cavaliers thanks to twenty two points, thirteen rebounds and 6 blocks from Dwight “Superman” Howard, the all-star player that now leads the NBA with sixty two double-doubles in the present season.
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Even though they achieved a victory, Magic’s coach Stan Van Gundy is not too glad with how the team performed, as in his opinion; it was just a plain bad pro hoops game. 28 year old point guard Jameer Nelson scored seventeen points and finished the game with 8 assists, which meant the eighteenth victory for Orlando in the past twenty one matches.
The Pacers are also coming to this game with favorable numbers as they have won 4 consecutive matches and ten of their last twelve games. In their 115-102 victory against the Nets on Saturday, Troy Murphy finished with twenty five points and 9 rebounds while Danny Granger scored for twenty two. Also Dahntay Jones finished with eighteen points coming from the bench and Roy Hibbert end up the match with sixteen. Indiana has also won 3 straight matches at home and has improved to 23-17 overall playing in Indiana this current NBA season.
And, much of the latest successes for the Pacers has to do a lot with their renovated spacing strategies in the floor and also because they are throwing shots that have end up being essential to win games, which are two key aspects of their overall gaming plan that they were not applying as well before.
The Magic has won 2 out of 3 matches against the Pacers this season, and are trying to win their 3rd straight season series. Orlando is 8-3 in the past eleven games against Indiana, and will certainly looking forward to keep that advantage against them.
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