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Tonight's Orlando Magic Preseason Game: at Atlanta Hawks

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Tonight, the Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks enter their preseason contest against each other with distinct agendas. Orlando's won its first five games by an average of 24.2 points, and as a result hasn't had the chance to give its key players extended action. As a result, coach Stan Van Gundy will try to play Vince Carter, Dwight Howard, and Jameer Nelson 30-plus minutes "if possible," Josh Robbins writes. Meanwhile, the Hawks have revenge on their minds after the Magic swept them out of the Conference Semifinals last May by an average margin of 25.3 points. Here's what Hawks center Zaza Pachulia told Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on that front:

"You want to set the tone from the beginning," Pachulia said "You want to make them feel like we are not the same team as last year [and] we got better and we are here to work."

The teams' different aims could result in a compelling, competitive game, although the Hawks are playing catch-up as they learn new coach Larry Drew's schemes on both ends of the court, which could give Orlando the upper hand.

2010/2011 NBA Preseason
Orlando Magic main logo
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Atlanta Hawks main logo
5-0 (2-0 road)
Won 5
1-3 (0-1 home)
Won 1
October 18th, 2010
Philips Arena
7:00 PM
FSN Florida / NBA TV
Possible Starters
Jameer Nelson PG Mike Bibby
Vince Carter SG Joe Johnson
Quentin Richardson SF Marvin Williams
Rashard Lewis PF Josh Smith
Dwight Howard C Al Horford
2009/10 Advanced Stats
92.0 (18th) Pace 90.1 (27th)
111.4 (4th) ORtg 111.9 (2nd)
103.3 (3rd) DRtg 106.7 (13th)
Game Officials
Derrick Collins
Tony Brown
Kevin Scott