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Game 1: Magic 107, Cavs 106
The Magic are saying all the right things, but they really are playing with house money tonight. A blowout loss would be nothing to be too concerned about in my mind, and a win would be monumental. I’d say LeBron is due for a big game, but he just scored 49 points – can he really do much more than that? The Cavs are going to need Mo Williams or Delonte West to step up. Past those two guys, the Cavs don’t really have anyone capable of scoring in bulk.
The Magic need to keep doing what they’re doing on offense, specifically Dwight Howard. If he can keep consistently scoring on Cleveland’s frontcourt, the Cavs are going to have a very difficult time slowing down Orlando. On defense, the Magic need to do a better job on Williams and West – those two aren’t going to shoot 33 percent again tonight.
If you need somewhere to watch the game tonight, there are options. The official watch party is downtown on Church Street, and my friends at the Sentinel are hosting a watch party at the Smokey Bones on Colonial Drive, near the executive airport. Or you can watch from home or with your friends – it’s all good.