The Hawks look to build on the positive momentum gained from Wednesday night's win over the Indiana Pacers as they begin a stretch of six out of seven games on the road with a stop in Orlando. Meanwhile, the Magic have had a tumultuous season on AND off the court, with weeklong winning and losing streaks and rumors surrounding Dwight Howards trade demands. For the moment, the Magic appear to have the on-court situation under control after a convincing home win over the Heat on Wednesday.
Hawks - Al Horford (pectoral muscle) and Jason Collins (elbow) are both out.
Magic - No injuries to report.
MEN IN THE MIDDLE
When you talk about the current version of the Magic you have to start with Dwight Howard. Howard finished with 25 points and 24 rebounds in Orlando's win over Miami on Wednesday, and the Hawks will be without the services of Jason Collins who served as Superman's kryptonite during last season's first round playoff series.
The Magic feed Howard inside and then they look for open spaces around the 3-point line. From positions one through four they have players that can get on a roll from behind the arc, and it will be important for the Hawks to run them off the line. J.J. Redick and Ryan Anderson are two of their most potent options from long range and have the potential to score in bunches.
On the flip side, when Atlanta shoots well from behind the arc they are much more likely to end up on the winning end. Currently they are averaging over two more made 3-pointers in wins this season than in losses. Anytime Green, Radmanovic or McGrady can enter the game and hit a triple it provides a big lift from the reserves.
- Tracy McGrady holds many franchise record for the Magic, including the most points scored by an Orlando player against the Hawks (40 points).