Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic Host Their NBA Season Opener

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IOctober 28, 2009

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What a joy it is to get back into the NBA writing scene and bring about debates, discussions, previews, and much more with all you basketball fans out there!

The Orlando Magic will be hosting their first NBA game of the season tonight at 7 o'clock against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Rewinding back to the first round of last years postseason and you can visualize the Sixers stealing the first W of the series after an extremely heroic and clutch jumper from their starting forward Andre Iguodala.

The Magic ended up coming back in the series, capturing four wins in the blink of an eye.



Philadelphia 76ers

With newly hired head-coach Eddie Jordan, the Sixers starting five looks a little something like this, Lou Williams at the point-guard position, Andre Iguodala at the two spot, Thaddeus Young at small forward, Elton Brand as the power forward, and Samuel Dalembert at the five spot.

Phillies bench includes the sharp-shooter Jason Kapono, two-year man Marreese Speights, and rookie guard Jrue Holiday.


Orlando Magic

With Rashard Lewis out of the lineup, Orlando will run with Jameer Nelson at the point, Vince Carter at the two, Mickael Pietrus as the small forward, two-year Ryan Anderson as the four spot, and Dwight Howard at the center position.

The Magic bench consists of veteran guard Jason Williams, four-year man Brandon Bass, small-forward Matt Barnes, and center Marcin Gortat.


Keys to the Game


"Defense, Defense, Defense"

The Sixers must stop the Magic from having their way on the court. Orlando is known for separating the floor and distributing the ball around the perimeter.

If Philly can somehow contain the beast, that is, of course, Dwight Howard, then all they will have to worry about is preventing Orlando's shooters from knocking down the treys.

If they can contain the Magic from hitting their shots than they could be in for a great and exciting game.



"Play your game"

Orlando is at their strongest when Dwight Howard controls the paint, has his way against his opponent, and distributes the rock to a wide-open shooter when double-teamed.

They showed in preseason that their on-court chemistry is nothing short of perfection.

If they can take that and transfer it into the regular season while consistently knocking down the open jumper, than this Magic team is in for a blow-out victory.


Game Predictions

Orlando will come out on top in this season opener extravaganza. The Magic will come out extremely aggressive, inevitably shutting down Philly on both ends of the court.

Expect Orlando to shoot somewhere around 50 percent from the field with at least eight to 10 three-pointers made.

Final Score: 102-81


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