The Orlando Magic have lost eight straight games, but hope their fortunes will change on their second Western roadtrip of the season. Orlando went 3-2 on its first sojourn West of 2012/13.
Before looking ahead to the Magic's schedule for the week ahead, Orlando Pinstriped Post wishes to recognize JW10 andkhlotsesh for winning the fourth of OPP's weekly prediction contests. The victory is JW10's second in a row, making him the first two-time winner. Visit OPP on the day of each game to enter.
And now the schedule. All times listed are Eastern.
Monday: Magic vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 10 PM, Fox Sports Florida
Portland finds itself on a hot streak, having won 10 of its last 13 following an 8-12 start. Monday's game is the first at the Rose Garden for the Blazers, who went 3-1 on a recent roadtrip, with victories against the New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies, and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Wednesday: Magic vs. Denver Nuggets, 9 PM, Fox Sports Florida
The Nuggets have won two straight and three of their last four, including a down-to-the-wire win in Tinseltown against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Orlando upset Denver in its season-opener.
Saturday: Magic vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 3:30 PM, Fox Sports Florida
The Clippers won 17 straight, including every game on their December schedule, but have slipped to 2-2 since the calendar turned to 2013.
What are your predictions for the season's eleventh week?