Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks
Tip-off: Monday, November 19, 2012
Philips Arena, Atlanta GA
After making it through an illness that, according to YouWager experts, destroyed the team during its West Coast trip, the Atlanta Hawks will now try to improve at home.
However, the Orlando Magic first-year coach Jacque Vaughn is getting sick of the team’s painfully slow starts.
Tonight the Hawks will try for their seventh straight regular-season victory over the slumping Orlando team when they begin a stretch of seven of eight games at home.
The Hawks (4-4) seemed improve somewhat with their 112-96 victory versus the Sacramento Kings on Friday after a flu virus spread throughout the team. Kyle Korver hit five 3-pointers and scored 22 points to help Atlanta save a split of the four-game swing.
Al Horford and Devin Harris had been too sick to play in Wednesday’s defeat versus the Golden State Warriors, while Josh Smith and Lou Williams managed to play through the stomach ailment in the team’s victory versus the Portland Trailblazers on Nov. 12.
According to the NBA basketball lines Korver has done a great job lately, averaging 17.3 points and making 11 of 14 3-pointers in his last three games.
On Friday, Williams added 21 and Smith had 19, while Horford finished with 20 and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
Atlanta who topped 100 points for the first time in six games, have made at least seven 3-pointers in all eight games. The Hawks, who outscored Sacramento 34-20 in the first quarter, could use another hot start versus Orlando which is likely to struggle early.
The Magic(3-6) has trailed after 12 minutes in seven of nine games following another slow start on Sunday in a 97-86 defeat versus the Toronto Raptors. They’ve created double-digit first-quarter deficits in three of their last four road games.
The Magic will have to do without Al Harrington (knee) and Hedo Turkoglu (hand) for an extended period as they try to avoid their seventh defeat in eight games.
Glen Davis, the Magic’s go-to big man in the post-Dwight Howard era, will go for his fourth double-double in five games after finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds against Toronto.