GREG GAMBLE’S 2008-09 HARDWOOD Luv: 120-93 ats…56%
NBA 79-70 - NCAA 33-19 - Teasers 8-4 - Church League 69-0
PHILLY 76ERS @ ORLANDO MAGIC (UNDA 194)
The Magic were on their way to a blow-out with an 18-point 3rd quarter lead before taking their foot off the gas as Philly's 2nd stringers erupted for 35 points in the 4th quarter, including 5-7 from behind the arc. Considering Orlando's strength is not only the most dominate center in the game, but their length in the half-court, I'm expecting Stan "the Hedgehog" Van Gundy to make sure his ballers keep this thing at a snail's pace.
While the Sixers were ridiculous from deep in the 4th quarter (I still can't believe they dusted of the oddly-shaped Donyell Marshall to knockdown 4 of 5 shoots), they are widely considered the worst three-point shooting team in the league. For the most part, Philly's success has been running the break off a miss and allowing their athletic wings (Iggy & Thad) to attack the basket. In contrast, Orlando's D is predicated on anchoring Dwight in the middle and using their length on the perimeter...which means they'll make a conscious effort to keep this a half-court game. In closing, I expect the Magic to win by at least 10-14, but not reach the century mark...SIXERS/MAGIC 182-188 PTS