Raptors Rapture’s NBA Playoff Preview: Atlanta Vs. Orlando

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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

Schedule:

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

 

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