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The Orlando Magic's win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, coupled with the L.A. Lakers' loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, gives the Magic the inside track to homecourt advantage in the NBA Finals, should they make it that far. Orlando controls its own destiny: if it wins the remaining two games on its schedule, it will own homecourt advantage against any potential NBA Finals foe, regardless of what L.A. does to finish its season. That's quite the coup, as the Lakers held a three-game edge just one week ago, but are stumbling toward the finish line.
Orlando leads L.A. by one game in the loss column, which is huge. As we've covered here lately, and as I'm sure Magic coach Stan Van Gundy has mentioned to his team, the Lakers will have homecourt advantage if they finish with the same record as the Magic. The power, however, has shifted out of the Lakers' hands; if Orlando wins out, there's nothing they can do.