[2] Orlando Magic vs. [7] Charlotte Bobcats

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Why the Magic can win: Dwight Howard is the best defensive big man in the league, becoming the first player to lead the league in blocks and rebounds for two years in a row. The Magic went 23-5 after all-star break. Vince Carter returns to the postseason for the first time in three years and finally gets a chance to make a deep playoff run with one of the most talented teams in the league.

Why the Bobcats can win: Michael Jordan's Bobcats are making their first playoff trip in franchise history, but they have a Hall of Fame coach in Larry Brown and an all-star in Gerald Wallace. Charlotte led in the league in defensive efficiency and tenacious playing style will make the Bobcats a tough out.

Difference maker: Stephen Jackson, Bobcats. Jackson brings considerable playoff experience and unyielding confidence. He won a title with San Antonio in 2003 and helped lead Golden State to a first-round upset of Dallas in 2007.

Bottom line: Magic in six.


Sunday: Charlotte at Orlando, 5:30

Wednesday: Charlotte at Orlando, 7

April 24: Orlando at Charlotte, 2

April 26: Orlando at Charlotte, TBD

April 28*: Charlotte at Orlando, TBD

April 30*: Orlando at Charlotte, TBD

May 2*: Charlotte at Orlando, TBD

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