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Orlando Magic at Philadelphia 76ers
Sunday, 6:30PM Eastern
Betus.com betting line – Orlando -4
Series – Philadelphia Leads 2-1
The Eastern Conference side of the playoffs has definitely had their share of exciting games. One exciting series that is in full swing and on the verge of resulting with an unexpected victor is the Philadelphia and Orlando battle. The Magic were heavy favorites to win this series considering the amount of success the have endured all season long. However, Philadelphia came out the gates firing when they made the 18 point comeback in game 1 to capture the 2 point win. The 76ers opening win in Orlando was big momentum changes to kick start the series. Orlando responded in game 2 like most people thought they would by dominating most of the entire game and winning by 9 points in the end. The Magic appeared to be back on track to grab control of the series when they moved to Philadelphia in Game 3. However, the 76ers had more plans to be the spoiler once again pulling out yet another close victory 96-94. The win grabbed control of the series once again from the Orlando favorites who have played as good as anyone on the road this season. If Philadelphia could grab another exciting win this Sunday, they could put a firm grip on the series and make the first round upset much more of a reality.
Philadelphia got just the kind of performances they had to have in game 3 from their leading scorers out of Andre Smith and Andre Iguodala. The two biggest scoring threats for Philadelphia combined to score 54 points in the 76ers win over the Magic. However, the biggest play of the night came by the way of Thaddeus Young. Young made a drive to the basket as the final seconds ticked off the clock then nearly lost the ball before putting up a lay-up with only two seconds remaining in the game. The game winning basket was the highlight of the night for Young who were unusually quiet with only 6 points in the contest. The win for Philadelphia was yet another huge letdown for Orlando being the 2nd game of the series they have let slip through their fingers. Philadelphia managed to stay right with the Magic on the glass as each team shared 35 rebounds. The 76ers also equaled the Magic rebounding total in game 1 which was their other victory in the series. However, game 2 was different story as Dwight Howard and company had great night controlling the glass as they controlled the game. Obviously there is an importance to Philadelphia’s ability to keep the same tempo against the boards with the Magic as it is vital to their success.
Orlando will be in a similar role they felt after game 1 where they are in a must win situation. The Magic can not afford to go down 3-1 in the series meaning they would have to win 3 straight games to win the series. Instead Orlando must come out controlling the pace and rebounding portions of the game to get the series back square. Dwight Howard has had a terrific set of games ironically however both of the two better nights were in the Magic’s two losses. Howard scored 31 and 36 points in both of Orlando’s losses while scoring only 11 points in their win. The difference in those games is not Howard’s performance as he has been the only consistency throughout the series. The difference has been the help from playmakers Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis. Lewis has not been bad, but has yet to have the breakout game most may have expected. Turkoglu on the other hand has struggled only scoring 17 points in the Magic’s two losses which equals his average per game. If Orlando plans on getting back to form from earlier this season where they were so dominate, they must get more of a collective effort from all their scorers especially Turkoglu.
Pick – Orlando fires back to even series