Well, it is official Dwight Howard will be a member of the Orlando Magic for the remainder of this season as the trade deadline came and went yesterday and Howard remained a member of the Magic. Dwight actually made the decision to stay in Orlando through next year so we get a little break from the Howard drama in Orlando. You can find more betting information on this game and others at Top Bet sportsbook.
With the distraction behind them for now the Magic can now focus on basketball. They have quietly has a solid season despite the looming distraction of the Howard trade talks. They are firmly holding down the third spot in the eastern conference standings behind the Bulls and Heat.
The Magic welcome a subpar Nets team to town that is void of its 2 stars in Brook Lopez and Deron Williams who will both miss the game with injuries.
Orlando lost to San Antonio their last time out which was a well played game by both teams as they both shot at least 50% from the floor, but in the end the Spurs outlasted the Magic.
Orlando hit 11 three pointers in the game and the Spurs trumped that by hitting a staggering 13 triples in route to the win. The difference in the game was free throws as the Spurs hit 23 of 27 from the line while the Magic only totaled 16 free throws and hit 10.
On Wednesday despite not having Deron Williams the Nets beat the Raptors behind two stellar performances by Gerald Green and Kris Humphries. Green totaled 26 points while Humphries had a monster game that saw him score 16 points while snatching an impressive 21 rebounds.
While the Nets did not get Howard at the deadline they did make a move. They acquired Gerald Wallace from the Blazers in exchange for Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams, and a first round draft pick.
The Nets are hoping that Wallace can bring his defensive intensity to New Jersey with him. It is unclear whether he will be in the lineup tonight for New Jersey.
The over is a quirky 7-1 in the Nets’ last 8 Friday games. While the under is 6-2 is New Jersey’s last 8 games on the road.
In head-to-head meetings the under is 13-4-1 in the last 18 contests. The under is also 15-5-1 in the teams’ last 21 meetings in Orlando as well and is the pick for sportsbook betting.