The chase for second continues in the East
Orlando: Cleveland; @Atlanta; @Houston; Memphis; New York; @New Jersey; @Milwaukee; Charlotte
Boston: Atlanta; New Jersey; Miami; @Cleveland; @Philadelphia; Washington
The Magic will need to finish with a better record than Boston, as at this point, the tiebreakers would favor the Celtics.
Assuming for the sake of argument the Magic finish the rest of their schedule 6-2 to finish 61-21, the Celtics would have to finish the rest of their schedule 3-3 to finish 60-22 in order for the Magic to finish ahead of Boston in the standings.
The Magic's first round playoff opponent is far from being determined. If they finish second, they will play the seventh seed, which is currently Detroit (36-39), but Chicago (36-40) is only 1/2 game behind Detroit.
If the Magic finish third, they will play the sixth seed, which is currently Miami (39-36), but Philadelphia (39-35) is only 1/2 game ahead of Miami in fifth.
Less than two weeks to go before the dust settles and all the playoff matchups are determined.
Big game Friday night for the Magic as they host Cleveland in a nationally televised affair on ESPN. The Cavaliers saw their 13 game winning streak come to a stunning end Thursday night in a 109-101 loss at Washington, the team with the league's worst record.
The Magic are 3 1/2 point favorites, and will win the season series with the Cavs if they win the game.
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