4* NBA BLOCKBUSTER BLOWOUT
Atlanta vs. Orlando,
02/10/2012 19:00 EDT,
Score: 89 - 87
Point Spread: -5/-108 Orlando
Both the Magic and Hawks come into this game off big wings. Atlanta was able to snap a three-game losing streak with a 97-87 win over the Pacers, while Orlando knocked off the Heat 102-89 as a 3.5-point underdog. While this could be a bit of a letdown spot for both teams, I think these two teams will be motivated for this game, as they have formed a bit of a rivalry playing in the same division and their recent playoff matchups.
In last year's playoffs the Hawks surprised everyone by advancing past the Magic in the first round. I have a pretty good feeling the Magic haven't forgot about that series, and will be the more motivated team in this one. The Magic come into this game having won 4 of 5 overall. They are shooting the ball extremely well, and I expect that to carry over since they are playing their third straight at home.
Another key to this game is the Hawks are still without Al Horford and Jason Collins. That means they are going to have to rely on Zaza Pachulia to control Dwight Howard. Look for Howard to cause a matchup nightmare for the Hawks, which should lead to a lot of double-teams and a lot of wide open 3-point shots. BET THE MAGIC!