The Orlando Magic enter the third week of the season at 3-4, which is tied for the sixth best record in the Eastern Conference. Two home games and an away game are on the schedule for this week.
Monday, November 11th: Magic at Boston Celtics, 7:30 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
The Celtics have the same 3-4 record as the Magic, but have won three games in a row, including a two-point win over the Magic last Friday followed by an incredible one-point win at the buzzer against the Miami Heat. Jeff Green, who drained the closing three-pointer to stun the Heat, averages 17 points a game. Orlando has lost nine games in a row to Boston, and hasn't won in Boston since February of 2010.
Wednesday, November 13th: Milwaukee Bucks at Magic, 7 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
The Bucks, with a 2-3 record and a new head coach in Larry Drew, no longer have a starting backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. Gary Neal and O.J. Mayo are the new guards, with Brandon Knight in reserve. Mayo leads the team in scoring at 18.6 points per game. Former Magic center Zaza Pachulia, in his first year of a new contract with the Bucks, leads the team in rebounds with 7.8. Center Larry Sanders is averaging fewer than 3 points a game.
Saturday, November 16th: Dallas Mavericks at Magic, 7 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
The Mavericks, at 4-3, won the NBA championship just two years ago, but are not expected to be contenders this season. Dallas has a new backcourt of José Calderón and Ellis, with Devin Harris also expected to get time at the point when he returns from injury. Ellis leads the Mavs in scoring at 23 points per game, and even more surprising, has been very efficient with a True Shooting Percentage of 57.6 percent. Dirk Nowitzki, still effective at age 35, averages 18.1 points per game, and former Magic swingman Vince Carter averages 9.8 points per game, but is only shooting 37 percent.