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Series Story: Atlanta looks for revenge from last years beatdown at the hands of the Magic.
Why the Magic Will Win: A similar Magic team to last years goes up against a team they swept without much trouble, do the math.
Why Atlanta Will Win: A more mature Hawks team looking for revenge has to have a chance against a banged up Magic squad.
Orlando’s Advantage: Perimeter shooting, the inside presence of Dwight Howard.
Hawks Advantage: Athleticism.
Player to Watch (Magic): Gilbert Arenas. After all Gilbert has went through, it is nice to see him back in the playoffs again.
Player to Watch (Atlanta): Zaza Pachulia. He likely will play a huge role in guarding Howard and it is really fun to say Zaza Pachulia.
Burning Question: How much will the Magic’s injuries hurt them in Round One?
Answer: If they win Games One/Two then no, if Atlanta jumps on them early, absolutely.
Season Series: 3-1 Atlanta
Game 1: Tonight at Amway Center, 7 p.m., Sun Sports/ESPN
Game 2: Tuesday at Amway Center, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Florida/NBA TV
Game 3: Friday at Philips Arena, 8 p.m., Fox Sports Florida/ESPN2
Game 4: Sunday, April 24 at Philips Arena, 7 p.m., Sun Sports/TNT
Game 5*: Tuesday, April 26 at Amway Center, Time TBD, Fox Sports Florida/Natl. TV TBD
Game 6*: Thursday, April 28 at Philips Arena, Time TBD, Local TV TBD/Natl. TV TBD
Game 7*: Saturday, April 30 at Amway Center, Time TBD, Local TV TBD/TNT
Prediction: Magic in 6