Philadelphia 76ers @ Orlando Magic

April 9, 2010: Philadelphia 76ers guard Andre Iguodala (9) going up for the dunk while Milwaukee Bucks guard John Salmons (15) looks on during the NBA game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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With all of the news about Orlando’s big acquisitions, the fact that they have a game Saturday night has been lost in the shuffle. The Magic, who are coming off a terrible west coast road trip that saw them go 1-3 with their lone win coming against the Clippers in Los Angeles, will have to play with a short-handed roster because of their deals.

After winning four of their previous five games, the 76ers were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night. The 76ers are now 10-16 but are clearly are playing better basketball. Their only other loss in the last six games was a one-point defeat at the hands of the Boston Celtics. The Magic have lost five of their last six, including a 111-94 loss in Denver Tuesday night, dropping them to 16-9.

The game will be shown locally by Sun Sports. As always, if you can’t watch the game, you can listen on the radio – in English on AM 580 WDBO and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.

Tip off from the Amway Center is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST.

The Line: Orlando – 6.5

Starters:

Philadelphia 76ers

Spencer Hawes
Elton Brand
Andre Iguodala
Jodie Meeks
Jrue Holiday

Orlando Magic

Dwight Howard
Brandon Bass
Quentin Richardson
J.J. Redick
Jameer Nelson

The officials will be Jason Phillips, Eric Dalen and Tom Washington

Opponent To Watch: Jrue Holiday, PG – Holiday played pretty well against the Magic last season during his rookie campaign. He shot 46.9% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc while averaging 12.3 and 5.3 assists per game. Holiday, who played just over 24 minutes a game last season is playing over the 34 minutes a game this season and is now the full time starting point guard. His quickness and athleticism can give Orlando some problems.

What To Watch For: Can the Magic bounce back from their poor west coast road trip playing without four players (Lewis, Carter, Pietrus, Gortat) who were just traded? The Magic have won with a short-handed roster already this season, but it’s going to be a tough test. It will also be interesting to see how they react to losing four of their teammates, including three (Lewis, Pietrus, Gortat) that played big roles in their 2008-09 Finals run.

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, co-host of CB Sports Radio from 5-7 pm week days (1420sports.com) and ESPN 1080’s Magic Insider (http://espn1080.com). Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here).

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