Celtics (22-5) at Magic (22-7)
Game time: 2:30pm, Amway Arena, Orlando, FL. TV – ABC. Radio – WEEI-AM (850).
Bos: Pierce – 18.2 Magic: Vince Carter – 18.6
Bos: Perkins – 8.0 Magic: Dwight Howard – 13.1
Bos: Rondo – 9.7 Magic: Jason Williams – 4.7
Who'll go off: Rasheed Wallace, Rajon Rondo. Both played particularly awful in the Magic's 83-78 win last month. Both will rebound and play better.
Who needs to be stopped: Vince Carter. He may be slumping (13 ppg, 30% FG in last 5 games), but don't sleep on Vince. He's likely to come out with guns blazing on national TV.
The C's will lose if… They lose the battle behind the arc. Orlando shot 10-for-22 in the last game, while the Celtics dropped a bricklayer's special 2-for-19. Boston needs to defend the perimeter and dare Dwight Howard to beat them.
Wildcard: Paul Pierce is out and his replacement will likely be Tony Allen. If Doc goes that way, TA has to cover VC. Let's hope Tony is up to the challenge. Glen Davis is a long shot to play, but if he does, I'm curious to see how effective he'll be.
Prediction: Celtics 101 – Magic 100 (The Cs find a way to get the big win)