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Today's Orlando Magic Game: at Boston Celtics

This afternoon, the Orlando Magic will face the Boston Celtics for the 18th time since the 2007/08 season, when Celtics GM Danny Ainge first assembled the "Big Three" core of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett. Orlando's point differential in the first 17 games of the series? +3. Yes, three whole points is all that separates these two teams in head-to-head play in the last two-plus seasons. And, really, when it comes down to it, what else do you need to know?

2009/2010 NBA Season

Boston Celtics throwback logo
33-17 32-16
February 7th, 2010
TD Garden
2:30 PM
Probable Starters
Jameer Nelson PG Rajon Rondo
Vince Carter SG Ray Allen
Matt Barnes SF Paul Pierce
Rashard Lewis PF Kevin Garnett
Dwight Howard C Kendrick Perkins
Previous Meetings
November 20th: Magic 83, Celtics 78
December 25th: Celtics 86, Magic 77
January 28th: Magic 96, Celtics 94
Game Officials
Mark Wunderlich
Matt Boland
Pat Fraher

Expect a physical, low-scoring game with both teams going on big runs to erase leads. An Orlando victory puts it back in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and assures it the playoff tiebreaker against Boston should they finish with identical regular-season records.

Let's see if Dwight Howard, who had been so woefully inefficient against Celtics centers Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace, can continue to improve against their defense. He score 19 points in the last meeting between the two teams, including 12 in the 4th quarter when the Magic staged what proved to be the game-winning rally.