Celtics (29-13) at Magic (29-16)
Game time: 8pm, Amway Arena, Orlando, FL. TV – TNT. Radio – WEEI-AM (850).
Bos: Pierce – 18.9 Magic: Dwight Howard – 17.4
Bos: Perkins – 8.5 Magic: Dwight Howard – 13.3
Bos: Rondo – 9.7 Magic: Jameer Nelson – 4.8
Who'll go off: Kevin Garnett. I'm expecting a suffocating defensive performance on Rashard Lewis, and a steady diet of open 17-foot jumpers.
Who needs to be stopped: Mickael Pietrus, Ryan Anderson, Jason Williams and the rest of the Magic bench.
The C's will lose if… they don't defend the perimeter. The Magic lead the league in 3 point attempts and makes. If they rotate on defense, and continue to limit Dwight Howard's effectiveness in the paint, they should pick up the win.
Miscellaneous: Vince Carter may be emerging from his January slump. He's tallied 21 and 15 points in his last two games. Dwight Howard is on a roll – 22.4 points, 14.6 rebounds and 3.6 blocks in his last 5 games. Brian Scalabrine (shoulder) should be available tonight.
Prediction: Celtics 92 – Orlando 88