This week for the Magic
Heading down the stretch run with just a little over a week left on the regular season, the Orlando Magic are 54-23 (31-7 home, 23-16 road), 4 1/2 games ahead of second place Atlanta (49-27) in the SE. The Magic are the second seed in the East, 4 1/2 games ahead of third seed Atlanta, with a "magic number" of one to clinch the second seed. The Magic have the third best record in the NBA behind Cleveland (60-17) and the LA Lakers (55-22).
The Magic are averaging 101.9 points per game (9th) and allow an average of 95.0 points per game (4th). The Magic have an an offensive rating of 110.4 (8th) and a defensive rating of 102.9 (2nd).
Last year after 77 games, the Magic's record was 57-20.
The Magic's remaining schedule:
Wed. Apr. 7th: Washington (7 PM) 23-53 (10-28 road) 2-8 last 10 games
Fri. Apr. 9th: New York (7 PM) 27-49 (11-27 road) 4-6 last 10 games
Sun. Apr. 11th: at Cleveland (1 PM) 60-17 (34-4 home) 8-2 last 10 games
Mon. Apr. 12th: at Indiana (7 PM) 29-48 (21-17 home) 7-3 last 10 games
Wed. Apr. 14th: Philadelphia (8 PM) 26-50 (14-24 road) 3-7 last 10 games
The Magic still have a chance to catch the Lakers for the second best record in the NBA, and home-court advantage in the NBA Finals should they get there, so they have something to play for the final five games. It will be interesting to see if the Cavaliers play all their players against the Magic on Sunday, as the game most likely won't mean anything to the Cavs because all they need to do is win a game or have the Lakers lose a game before then to sew up home-court advantage through the playoffs.
The Magic should do no worse than 4-1 or 3-2 these final five games. Should the Magic win their remaining 5 games, they will tie last season's record of 59-23.