ATLANTA - MAY 2: Forward Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks celebrates in the closing minutes of Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 2, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks beat the Bucks 95-74. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
The Orlando Magic hold a 2-0 series lead against the Atlanta Hawks, but must be wary of a letdown when the series shifts to Atlanta tomorrow night. The Hawks placed in a 4-way tie for the league's second-best home record, and are simply much more comfortable playing at Philips Arena. And while the Magic have, as I've repeated ad nauseum of late, mastered the Hawks over the last two seasons, the games in Atlanta have always been much closer than the ones in Orlando. Orlando is 3-1 in its last 4 games at Philips Arena, with the lone loss the oft-discussed game which ended with Josh Smith dunking in a missed Joe Johnson jumper at the buzzer.
But in each of the last 3 games, the Hawks squandered double-digit leads; in the first one, Orlando escaped after nearly frittering away a 21-point, third-quarter lead. If anything's clear, it's that neither Atlanta nor Orlando is really safe when they meet at Philips.
Bearing those facts in mind, consider the following question: what do you expect to transpire this Saturday and Monday, when the Hawks and Magic take the court for Games 3 and 4?
What results do you expect in Games 3 and 4 of the Orlando Magic's playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks?
Orlando wins both to sweep its second straight series (266 votes)
Orlando splits the pair to bring the series back to Orlando for Game 5 and a chance to eliminate the Hawks at home (200 votes)
Orlando loses both as the Hawks defend their home floor (11 votes)
477 total votes