Previewing the Nets

Coming off of an embarrassing loss to the Pacers, the Magic look to get it back in gear at home against the Nets, who are coming off of a dominating victory over the Nuggets. Recently acquired point guard Tyronn Lue is expected to make his Magic debut and should give Orlando another threat from the perimeter. New Jersey Nets: 24-27 (8th in Eastern Conference) Magic vs. Nets Overall Series Regular Season: 41-34; 21-15 home, 18-19 road, 2-0 neutral Magic vs. Nets in 2008-09 (0-0) Nets Starting Lineup (and season averages) PG: Devin Harris – 6’3, 185 – 5th year, Wisconsin 21.6 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 6.4 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 2.84 TOPG (.443 FG%, .302 3P%, .820 FT%) SG: Vince Carter – 6’6, 220 – 11th year, North Carolina 20.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 4.9 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG, 2.04 TOPG (.439 FG%, .398 3P%, .816 FT%) SF: Trenton Hassell – 6’5, 233 – 8th year, Austin Peay 3.2 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.7 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG, 0.48 TOPG (.455 FG%, .500 3P%, .909 FT%) PF: Ryan Anderson – 6’10, 240 – Rookie, California 7.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.3 BPG, 1.02 TOPG (.393 FG%, .367 3P%, .819 FT%) C: Brook Lopez – 7’0, 260 – Rookie, Stanford 12.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.6 SPG, 1.9 BPG, 1.88 TOPG (.502 FG%, .000 3P%, .826 FT%) Where They Rank PPG: 17th (98.54) OPPG: 17th (99.86) FG%: 25th (0.444) 3P%: 7th (0.381) FT%: 10th (0.776) APG: 29th (19.47) RPG: 18th (40.96) BPG: 20th (4.56) SPG: 20th (7.02) TOPG: 10th (13.60) FPG: 26th (23.03) PPG = Points Per Game; OPPG = Opponent’s Points Per Game; FG% = Field Goal Percentage; 3P% = 3-Point Percentage; FT% = Free Throw Percentage; APG = Assists Per Game; RPG = Rebounds Per Game; BPG = Blocks Per Game; SPG = Steals Per Game; TOPG = Turnovers Per Game; FPG = Fouls Per Game Tidbits Tonight Anthony Johnson and Tyronn Lue will have the unfortunate task of guarding Devin Harris, arguably one of the best point guards in the league. Harris is a well-rounded player who can put points up in flurries as well as distribute the ball, and he has a distinct advantage on Orlando’s point guards in terms of youth. On the other side, Dwight Howard will be facing off against two rookie big men. I would bet on another 20-20 game for Dwight. Stan Van Gundy should exploit this mismatch early and often. And if the game comes down to free throws, it may not be pretty for the Magic. As the worst free throw shooting team in the league, every team’s going to have that advantage on you. But New Jersey’s starting lineup has a better percentage from the charity stripe than any team in the league. The Magic can’t leave many points at the line if they want a win tonight.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily