Feeling the Magic: Why Orlando Will End San Antonio's Win Streak Tonight

wes burdenContributor IDecember 23, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 28:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic gestures as he runs up court against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 28, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Tonight's TNT doubleheader kicks off with the streaking San Antonio Spurs taking on the struggling Orlando Magic at the Amway Arena at 8 p.m. EST.

The Spurs, currently on their second win streak of 10 games or more this season, travel to Orlando looking to extend their current streak to 11 games.

The Magic, on the other hand, have lost eight of their last nine games and are winless since their blockbuster trade that brought in Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu.

While both of these teams are currently heading in opposite directions, I am here to tell you why the Magic will put it together temporarily for one night and defeat the San Antonio Spurs. Here are some reasons.

First, the new trio will play a bigger factor in tonight's game then their previous two games. Arenas, Hedo and Richardson are a combined 13 for 53 (24.5 percent) so far since coming to the Magic. These three shooters are better than they are advertising so far, and tonight will be the night they put in together.

The Spurs are also on their fifth set of back-to-back games tonight. After playing a late game last night, the Spurs have to travel to Orlando to face a team in desperate need of a victory. The Magic have had an extra day to prepare and get more accustomed to each other as well.

The matchups for the Magic could be there as well against a veteran team like the Spurs. Everyone knows Dwight Howard is a monster in the paint and will have either undersized DeJuan Blair or veteran Tim Duncan on him most of the night. He has expanded his game with better and quicker post moves, which could be on display all night long.

This game means so much more to the Magic than the Spurs. Yes, the Spurs would love to extend their winning streak to 11 games. However, this could be a game in which if it gets away from the Spurs early, they could just pull the escape lever quickly.

The Magic know that the trades to bring three new players in need to start paying dividends quickly. With a national TV audience watching, I think the Magic will take full advantage of the national spotlight tonight and put together a great game both offensively and defensively.

Prediction: Magic 102, Spurs 88