The week ahead for the Magic
The Magic begin the week at 24-9 overall, 13-3 at home and 11-6 on the road. They are in first place in the SE, 2 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta, and currently occupy the third seed in the East, 1/2 game behind second seed Boston and 1 1/2 games behind top seed Cleveland. The Magic average 101.6 points per game, which ranks 10th. The Magic allow 95.8 ppg, which is 7th. Overall, the Magic rank 7th in offensive rating (points per 100 possessions) and 6th in defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions).
Last season after 33 games, the Magic were 26-7.
The Magic play 4 games this week:
Tuesday, Jan. 5th: at Indiana (10-23, 7-9 home) Pacers continue to struggle without Danny Granger, losers of 9 of their last 10
Wednesday, Jan. 6th: Toronto (17-18, 5-13 road) Improving Raptors have won 7 of their last 10 games as Hedo Turkoglu makes his final appearance in Orlando this season
Friday, Jan. 8th: at Washington (10-21, 5-9 home) Wizards are one of the most disappointing teams in the NBA, and have lost 7 of their last 10
Saturday, Jan. 9th: Atlanta (21-11, 9-7 road) Hawks are starting to level off after a great start, as they have split their last 10 games
The Magic are certainly capable of winning all 4 games, but because the Magic play 2 sets of back-to-backs, and they have struggled this season in the second games of the back-to-backs, I expect the Magic to go 3-1.
On a blog-related note, January 6th will mark the 4 year anniversary of our blog! WeRDevos started this blog back then after being unhappy with the Sentinel's comment section about the Magic. We are the longest-running Orlando Magic Blog, and I would like to make a shout-out to contributors Big Figure, Matt, WeRDevos, Ken, and OVERWADED. We may not agree on everything, but we have one thing in common in that we are all passionate Orlando Magic fans. Thanks for the contributions the last 4 years all you guys, and to the readers who comment. Also, a shout-out goes to orlandopinstripedpost, formerly Third Quarter Collapse, for the outstanding job that editors Ben Q. Rock and Eddy Rivera do covering the Magic for their blog.