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Tonight's Game: Orlando Magic at Sacramento Kings

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2008/2009 NBA Regular Season
Orlando Magic main logo
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Sacramento Kings main logo
30-8 9-29
January 13th, 2009
ARCO Arena
10:00 PM
Sun Sports
Probable starters:
Jameer Nelson PG Beno Udrih
Courtney Lee SG Kevin Martin
Hedo Turkoglu SF John Salmons
Rashard Lewis PF Jason Thompson
Dwight Howard C Brad Miller
Previous Meetings:
November 1st: Magic 121, Kings 103

The Sacramento Kings may have a record that's nearly the total opposite of the Orlando Magic's, but they aren't to be taken lightly. They beat the Lakers earlier this year and are fresh off a fairly convincing win over the Dallas Mavericks in their last outing. The Magic need to be wary. The Kings are playing better defense under new head coach Kenny Natt, who took over for former Magic guard Reggie Theus after Theus was fired earlier this season. Theus was still at the helm the first time these teams met. So, I mean, things have changed. A bit.

Don't get me wrong. The Magic are clearly the superior team and, based on talent alone, they should win this game fairly easily. The problem is that this game is the only game on this four-game road trip that isn't against a legit title contender. If the Magic are looking ahead to Friday and Saturday, they're liable to get themselves embarrassed.

You know me. Always looking for the negative.

(That's not true. Just a realist, friends.)

Tip's really late since the game's on the West Coast. Go Magic, and beware Kevin Martin.

UPDATE: Crack analysis of tonight's game from the Hardwood Paroxysm folks:

IF PUNY KINGS BRING DOUBLE TEAM, HOWARD GIVE TO JAMEER! JAMEER HOWARD'S FRIEND! HE SHOOT LONG WAYS! HEDO SAYS TO TAKE REVENGE ON KINGS FOR NOT WANTING HEDO. HOWARD NO CARE ABOUT HEDO'S CONTRACT HISTORY. HOWARD SMASH! Then Howard go home read Bible. Praise be to the Lord. ... (Howard smash!)

Outstanding.