Posted: 12/30/2010 2:06:05 AM
i would have liked to play the under on the utah portland game, but no lines early.
i agree with your assesment on orlando, and feel that it might even be a better play than the over. orlando has been holding teams to just below 94 PPG since they made their trades and 93 PPG with the new players they got. given that most of those games where against set up teams, they have been still allowing a low FG% at 41.3% since using Arenas and company. thats league leading level defense on allowed FG%. whats more impresive is that theyy held to league leading Boston Celtics to 34.6% shooting. thats a team that averages 50%, getting disrupted big time. san antonio, forth in the league in that category was held down to 42.2%. only the mavs were able to shoot well against them so far, hitting 50%. in fact, 4 out of the 6 teams they've played, they forced into shooting a lower percentage than their season average. their roster may not look like it, but this is an orlando squad that plays defense. i'd be carefull with the over, but will be backing their side play. Orlando's defense and steady offense vs New York's offense and bad defense plus points, i'd still say its the Magic's game.