Orlando Magic Vs Miami Heat Live Streaming NBA Preseason Scores Schedule December 18,2011.

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Preview :
The long road back to the NBA Finals begins for the Miami Heat on Sunday when they take on the Orlando Magic in both team's first game of the preseason. There are many story lines going into this game, but one of the biggest ones is the future of Magic superstar center Dwight Howard.Howard, of course, can become a free agent this summer, and the team may look to trade him to avoid getting nothing in return for him if he does not want to sign an extension in Orlando.The Magic appear willing to start the season with Howard, and his future will be a distraction to the team all season long.Let's look at everything you need to know about this exciting Florida basketball rivalry!

Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Watch: Sun Sports
When: Sunday, Dec. 18 at 6:00
Listen: 790 AM The Ticket
Betting Line: Heat -7.5 (according to DonBest)

Key Injuries
Miami Heat guard Eddie House likely won't play against the Magic and is questionable for the Christmas Day opener versus the Dallas Mavericks with a knee injury.The Magic have no injuries to report.

What's at Stake
Well it is the preseason, but these games are important in getting new players up to speed on what the team's offensive systems look like.Getting rookies valuable experience against real NBA talent will surely help them. Developing team chemistry will also be a priority as well. Even though these games don't count, there are plenty of things each team needs to work on and address.

What They're Saying
Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith addressed the Howard trade talks recently, telling reporters:
“I don’t think there’s anything on the table that won’t be on the table three months from now,” Smith told the Orlando Sentinel, via the Chicago Tribune.

Magic player to watch: Dwight Howard
Howard's every more and every word will be well documented until his future is decided. People will look at his body language and his level of satisfaction with his team.In terms of basketball performance, Howard could really become a dominating offensive player this season if he can further develop his mid-range jump shot.

Heat player to watch: Shane Battier
Shane Battier was a great free agent signing for the Miami Heat, and his leadership and perimeter defense will pay huge dividends for the team.Battier will allow Dwyane Wade and LeBron James to not have to worry about guarding the other team's top perimeter scorer, which will help both their offensive games.

Key Matchup
I'm interested to see how the Heat matchup against Howard in the paint. Miami did not sign a big time center in free agency, so Joel Anthony will likely start at center opposite the Magic star.Anthony played well defensively last season for the Heat, but he needs to be even better if the team wants to return to the NBA Finals in June.

Prediction: Heat win 93-84
Miami has too much offensive firepower to lose this game, and players such as Shane Battier could get extended minutes in order to learn the Heat's offense in actual game situations so he's ready for the regular season.Wade and James will be eager to excite the crowd and show the league they are ready to dominate again and get back to the Finals.The Heat will have no problem beating an inferior Magic team Sunday at home.


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