NBA Playoff Betting Preview: Magic Look To Sweep Bobcats Tonight
The Orlando Magic are the defending Eastern Conference champions, but that has not stopped analysts and fans from proclaiming Cleveland as the team to beat in this year's playoffs. The Magic, however, are the team with a chance to sweep their first round opponent tonight.
Cleveland lost game three in Chicago before blasting the Bulls on Sunday to take a 3-1 series lead. Orlando has had no such problems with their first round foe, Charlotte. The Bobcats were expected to challenge Orlando, but it has not turned out to be much of a series so far.
The Magic have picked up where they left off in last year's Eastern Conference playoffs. The team held a sour taste in its mouth all year after losing to Los Angeles is last year's finals, and much like the Lakers last season, the Magic seem to be playing with a chip on their shoulder.
Dwight Howard again won the Defensive Player of the Year award, and he has been a dominant force inside. The health of Jameer nelson and the addition of Vince Carter have led Orlando to the second best record in the East this season.
Ultimately, this team will be judged on how they finish. If they can again defeat Cleveland, assuming the seeds hold serve leading up to a conference finals match up, Orlando will again be in position to play for a title. If they lose, however, the season may be considered a failure.
The Cavaliers are playing with similar pressure. Cleveland has been considered to be the best team in the East for two seasons in a row. LeBron James and his teammates are hoping this year that assumption plays out on the court.
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