As the end of the 2012 calendar year draws near, the Orlando Magic play much of their schedule at home. That trend continues in the season's eighth week, one in which Orlando will play three of its four games at Amway Center.
Before looking ahead to the Magic's schedule for the week ahead, Orlando Pinstriped Post wishes to recognize TheGiantSquid for winning the first of OPP's weekly prediction contests. Visit OPP on the day of each game to enter.
And now the schedule. All times listed are Eastern.
Monday: Magic vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 7 PM, Fox Sports Florida
The Timberwolves, who shellacked the Magic by 15 in November, have won four in a row since dipping under the .500 mark.
Wednesday: Magic vs. Washington Wizards, 7 PM, Fox Sports Florida
Washington owns the league's worst record and has lost 10 times in 11 tries away from Verizon Center. Franchise point guard John Wall has played as many minutes this season as you have.
Friday: Magic at Toronto Raptors, 7 PM, Fox Sports Florida
Toronto entered the season with playoff aspirations, but injuries and uninspiring play have relegated it to lottery status once again. Andrea Bargnani's indefinite absence may in fact help the team. Losing to this squad already has to be one of the lowlights of Orlando's season.
Sunday: Magic vs. Utah Jazz, 6 PM, Fox Sports Florida
The Jazz, too, have already defeated the Magic once in the 2012/13 season. Sunday marks their first trip to Orlando in more than two years.
What are your predictions for the season's eighth week?