The Orlando Magic have a shot at beating the L.A. Lakers tonight. Simply put, Orlando has the better starting five and the more dominant player on the court in Dwight Howard.
As a fanastic article on msnbc.com recently highlighted, "Howard Overwhelms and Kobe Orchestrates." Kobe is one of the best players on the planet. nobody can matchup with him, but Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu together can at least match him point for point.
Not so with Howard. If the Lakers double team Howard, then one or two three point shooters will be left behind the arc. If L.A. doesn't double team Howard, then he dominates the middle.
No matter what the Lakers decide to do, their resiliency no doubt will help them tonight. The game is going to be close. It's also going to be high scoring as the Lakers will try to push forward before Howard can set up tent in the paint.