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Magic vs. Bucks Preview: Dwight Howard Visits Bradley Center

2011/2012 NBA Season




16-11 (7-5 away) 12-14 (7-4 home)
February 11, 2012
Bradley Center
8:00 PM CT
Radio: 620 WTMJ TV: FSN Wisconsin
Probable starters:
Jameer Nelson PG Brandon Jennings
Jason Richardson SG Shaun Livingston
Hedo Turkoglu SF Carlos Delfino
Ryan Anderson PF Luc Mbah a Moute
Dwight Howard C Drew Gooden

(16th) 102.8 - OFFENSE - 102.8 (15th)
(12th) 101.4 - DEFENSE - 103.8 (19th)
(26th) 89.2 - PACE - 92.6 (10th)

On the Magic: Orlando Pinsriped Post / Magic Basketball / Orlando Sentinel

Following two wins in a row on the road, the Bucks start a three-game homestand by going for a third straight win overall when they host the Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic.

Orland-over-and-over-and-over-and... This marks the first of four meetings between the Bucks and Magic within three weeks. After tonight, the Bucks play in Orlando next Friday on Feb. 17, host the Magic again on Feb. 20, and then travel to Orlando again for a game on March 3.

Magic Acts. The Magic have won 10 of 12 against the Bucks. And in those two losses, Dwight Howard did not play, via Stats Inc. So, Andrew Bogut or not, the Bucks have always had just about an impossible time stopping Howard, who is far and away the best center in the world. Indeed, in 14 career head-to-head matchups, Howard has consistently crushed Bogut and the Bucks, averaging 17.5 points on 57.9 FG%, 12.7 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks compared to Bogut's 7.3 points on 42.5 FG%, 6.6 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks.

Gooden's Defense... And In Gooden's Defense. Then again, the team would still be much better suited to have Bogut in the lineup, because while Gooden continues to impress offensively, at last look opposing centers had racked up a 21.5 PER against him. For reference, here are the PERs of some centers: Dwight Howard (25.0), Andrew Bynum (21.9) Tim Duncan (21.5), Al Jefferson (21.5), Marc Gasol (19.7), Roy Hibbert (18.8). So, essentially opposing centers turn into something between Andrew Bynum and Marc Gasol when they face Gooden. In Gooden's defense, he is a power forward playing center.

Late-ly. After outscoring Cleveland 25-17 in the fourth quarter to force overtime, the Bucks are now the third best fourth quarter team in the NBA, with a +1.8 per game differential.

On The Rebound. Orlando (read: Dwight Howard) allows opponents the lowest percentage of offensive rebounds in the NBA, while Milwaukee allows opponents the fourth highest percentage of offensive rebounds in the NBA (this is bad).

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