Tonight’s game: Orlando Magic at New Jersey Nets, 8 p.m.

TV: Sun Sports
Radio: 580 WDBO

Orlando Magic PG Jameer Nelson SG Vince Carter SF Mickael Pietrus PF Ryan Anderson C Dwight Howard
Top story: After a dominant preseason, the Magic looked even better in the season opener, crushing the 76ers 120-106. The Magic made a statement two days ago, establishing themselves as one of the deepest and most talented teams in the NBA. The Magic, still without Rashard Lewis for nine more games, will look to keep the defensive intensity up for all four quarters – something that didn’t happen against Philadelphia.

Who you’re watching: It’s gotta be Vince Carter, making his swift return to the city he played in from 2004 to 2009. The people in New Jersey still adore Carter, so he’ll likely receive cheers when his name is called, not boos.

Why they’ll win: The Magic may be the Eastern Conference’s best squad, while the Nets are in a rebuilding phase. As long as the Magic stay focused, they shouldn’t have a lot of trouble with the Nets, even if it is on the road.

New Jersey Nets PG Devin Harris SG Courtney Lee SF Chris Douglas Roberts PF Yi Jianlan C Brook Lopez
Top story: The Nets are one of the youngest teams in the NBA, hoping their young core grows together and competes with the East’s big teams in a couple of years. Devin Harris and Brook Lopez form a combo that the team is hoping to build around, while Courtney Lee and Terrence Williams have shown flashes that they can be contributors to a contender. The Nets fell to the Timberwolves 95-93 after giving up a 19-point lead in the season opener.

Who you’re watching: Courtney Lee was devastated by the trade to New Jersey in June, and he didn’t get over it right away. He continued to live in Orlando up until the start of training camp. After all that trauma, though, Lee isn’t in a bad situation. He’s starting for a young team with two other potential-laden stars – Brook Lopez and Devin Harris – and he’s receiving almost double the minutes he’d likely be receiving in Orlando. Lee played 37 minutes in the team’s opener, and the Magic will surely see a lot of Lee again tonight. It’s his chance for redemption. Other former Orlandoans: Rafer Alston will come off the bench, and Tony Battie will miss the game with a sore knee.

Why they’ll win: Devin Harris is capable of taking over a game. If the Nets can keep it close, it’s possible Harris can orchestrate the offense to match the Magic point-for-point in the final minutes. He had 28 points and 12 assists 25 points and 9 assists the last time he played the Magic.

Philip Rossman-Reich

About Philip Rossman-Reich

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

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