The Orlando Magic have improved their position in the standings a bit after winning two of their three games last week, as they are 10-20, which ties them with the Cleveland Cavaliers for tenth place in the East, three games behind the eighth seed and four games ahead of the last-place Milwaukee Bucks.
The Magic finish up their six-game homestand this week, and will also have another game at home before going on the road for a five-game trip. Here's a look this week's schedule:
Tuesday, December 31st: Golden State Warriors at Magic, 5 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
The Magic wind up 2013 with a date against the sharpshooting and exciting Warriors, who are on a five-game winning streak after beating Cleveland in overtime on Sunday. Golden State is 19-13 and in seventh place in the West. The Warriors are shooting over 40 percent on three-pointers, and are led by point guard Stephen Curry, who averages over 22 points a game on 58 percent True Shooting along with nine assists. Shooting guard Klay Thompson averages nearly 20 points per game on 57 percent True Shooting. Power forward David Lee averages a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Thursday, January 2nd, 2014: Magic at Cavaliers, 7 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
The struggling Cavaliers have lost five in a row, and have benched disappointing starting center Andrew Bynum and placed him on the trading block. Point guard Kyrie Irving averages over 22 points a game and six assists on 52 percent True Shooting. The Cavaliers defeated the Magic in Orlando earlier in December, 109-100, as Irving scored 31 points and power forward Anderson Varejão grabbed 14 boards.
Saturday, January 4th: Miami Heat at Magic, 7 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
The World Champion Heat make their final appearance in Orlando this season in second place in the East with a 23-7 record, and are a perfect 7-0 against the Southeast Division. The Heat's Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh continue to lead the team. James, who sat out Saturday's game against the Sacramento Kings because of a strained groin, is having his usual outstanding season, averaging 25 points, seven rebounds, and 6.5 assists on 67 percent True Shooting. Bosh, coming off a terrific 37-point game against the Kings and the game-winning three-pointer, averages 16 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Wade is enjoying one of his most efficient seasons, averaging nearly 20 points per game on 58 percent True Shooting to go with five assists per game. The Heat are 2-0 against the Magic, and blew them out, 120-92, in Orlando earlier this season.