Magic PLAYOFF Wands 4/12

Chicago, Ill.

(40-16) vs. (44-14)
8 p.m./TNT
Line: Bulls by 1.5
Tickets: $91-$2222 on TiqIQ
Magic’s Magic Number: 2

Team Record GB
3. Indiana 36-22 -2.0
4. Boston 34-24 0.0
4. Atlanta 34-24 0.0
4. Orlando 34-24
7. Philadelphia 31-27 3.0
8. New York 30-28 4.0

1) Dwight Howard lists himself as doubtful for Friday’s game against the Hawks after participating in practice Thursday, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

2) Ken Berger of CBS Sports lists the top management free agents. The Magic might be targeting Donnie Walsh and Jeff Bower if there will be changes to the front office (h/t Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post).

3) Among the news and notes collected by Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk is this nugget from Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld. Kyler believes Chris Duhon has quit on Stan Van Gundy. Thus his demotion.

4) When it comes to Orlando’s bread and butter play, the pick and roll, Nate Drexler of says Orlando should fear Boston’s defense more than Atlanta’s.

5) Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post goes into why the Magic have struggled with their interior defense this season.

6) At long last, Ish Smith is getting his chance to play the backup point guard role and make a mark in the NBA, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

7) The Miami Heat, along with the Sanford, Central Florida and (really) American community, are happy to see the justice system begin to resolve the Trayvon Martin case, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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