The last few games, opposing defenses have been collapsing on Dwight Howard. The problem with that strategy is that the shooters of the Magic open to hurt defenses with their perimeter shooting. During their current 3-game winning streak, Orlando has shot 45.7 percent from three-point range, including a 15-of-25 performance in their 105-85 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night.
Even in spite of finishing games below his averages, Howard scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win against Philadelphia and could be poised to have another big game Friday night. Even then, the Bucks should hope to contain guard Jason Richardson, shooting 54.5 percent from three-point range in February, including a 31-point performance, including nine three pointers against Milwaukee last Saturday.
The Magic have won 11 consecutive home games against Milwaukee dating back to 2004. They have also won 11 consecutive games against Milwaukee when Howard has played.
The game is set for a 7 p.m. tip-off at the Amway Center, with television coverage on Sun Sports.