ESPN features an exciting game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Orlando Magic. Both of these are coming off losses, and will look to get back on the winning track with a victory tonight.
Orlando comes into this game with an overall record of 32-23. They are coming off a loss to Knicks with a final score of 80-96. It was their 5th straight loss in a row, and they certainly need to compose themselves tonight if they want to beat the 76ers.
Howard struggled from the field in their defeat to the Knicks scoring only 8 points. They instead had to rely on Glen Davis who scored 15 points, but it was not enough to prevent their 5th straight loss.
The rift between head coach Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard has been well documented this season. Gundy confirmed earlier this week that he was aware of Howard’s request for management to fire him. Gundy and Howard pushed these claims to the side, and instead wanted to focus on their match ups ahead. However, it seems the damage has been done and Howard has not been productive as of late.
The 76ers come into this game with an overall record of 29-25. They are also coming off a loss to the Raptors with a final score of 78-99. They haven’t been burdened with the inner turmoil that Orlando has been, and have one of the best defenses in the league. They are first in points allowed per game, but their offense has certainly struggled as of late.
This game is key for both teams because both will be trying to find some kind of rhythm. The Playoffs are fast approaching and both teams will need to figure out some new strategies if they want to make them. The Magic will need Howard to increase his production from the field and continue grabbing the boards if they want to prevail tonight. He is averaging 14.4 rebounds per game.
The 76ers will need production from Lou Williams, who is averaging 15.3 points per game. Jrue Holiday has also been a factor for the 76ers and is averaging 13.6 points per game.