Match-Up: Orlando Magic(2-0) at Charlotte Bobcats(0-2)

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The Orlando Magic have easily taken the first two games of this series. The Magic can defeat teams in a number of different ways. They can throw the ball down to the NBA’s best center, Dwight Howard. Or they could let guard Vince Carter attack the basket. Or point guard Jameer Nelson(32 points in Game 1) could drain threes from the outside. Or maybe Rashard Lewis will want to knock down a few triples of his own. Regardless, the Magic can beat teams a number of different ways. Will that carry over into Charlotte?

The Bobcats really struggled in Game 2. They committed 19 turnovers while only shooting 43% from the field. The Bobcats and Magic did grab the same number of rebounds, but that figure is a bit skewed given the Magic’s 11 misses from the foul line. Star Bobcat guard Stephen Jackson is playing with a hyperextended knee, but did score 27 points in Game 2. He has averaged 22.5 points and 6.0 rebounds so far in the playoffs.

The Magic are 5-1 against the Bobcats this season. Even with Dwight Howard getting in early foul trouble in both games, the Magic’s other weapons have picked up the slack(Carter 15.5 PPG, Nelson 22.5). The Bobcats do not have an answer inside for Dwight Howard and I expect him to exploit that weakness in Game 3 without getting into heavy foul trouble. The Magic opened as two-point favorites.

The Pick: Orlando Magic

April Record: 14-9

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