The Orlando Magic have a great opportunity to end their two-game losing skid tonight when they visit the middling New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center. New Jersey, though coming off a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, ranks average or worse almost across the board, with the exception of on the defensive glass, where it's the league's sixth-best team. Point guard Devin Harris and power forwards Derrick Favors and Kris Humphries rank as the only Nets with a Player Efficiency Rating over the league average of 15. Franchise center Brook Lopez is off to a slow start as well, and tonight's matchup against Dwight Howard doesn't bode well for his chances of bouncing back, as Howard has thoroughly owned their head-to-head meetings.
The Magic also have room for improvement, however. Keeping Humphries and Favors off the glass, and Harris out of the lane, will go a long way toward ensuring victory. They also need to at least match the Nets' energy.
Orlando's caught a break, of sorts, with Terrence Williams out of the lineup tonight. Williams provided a great spark off New Jersey's bench when these teams met eight days ago.
|2010/2011 NBA Season|
|5-3 (1-1 road) |
|3-5 (2-3 home) |
|November 13th, 2010|
|Jameer Nelson||PG||Devin Harris|
|Vince Carter||SG||Anthony Morrow|
|Quentin Richardson||SF||Travis Outlaw|
|Rashard Lewis||PF||Kris Humphries|
|Dwight Howard||C||Brook Lopez|
|November 5th: Magic 105, Nets 90|
|2010/11 Advanced Stats|
|95.0 (13th)||Pace||90.2 (28th)|
|105.1 (19th)||ORtg||101.6 (26th)|
|98.1 (1st)||DRtg||106.7 (16th)|