The Orlando Magic, coming off their most successful week of the season with wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers, are now 16-37, and have moved ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Standings. The Magic are 5.5 games ahead of the last-place Milwaukee Bucks (9-41), and one-half game ahead of the 76ers (15-37). Twelfth-place Boston is 2.5 games ahead of the Magic.
The Magic will likely be a slight underdog in their only game this week, despite the fact they are playing at home where they fare extremely well. Here's the game on tap for the Magic:
Wednesday, February 12th: Memphis Grizzlies at Magic, 7:00 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
This will be the final game of the season between the two teams, as the Grizzlies defeated the Magic, 94-85, in Memphis in December. In his first season after taking over for Lionel Hollins, head coach David Joerger has led the Grizzlies to a 27-23 record and a ninth-place showing in the Western Conference, 2.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors for the final playoff spot. The Grizzlies are still in the playoff hunt despite a 2-11 record within the Southwest Division. They are also missing starting point guard Mike Conley, who sprained his ankle last week, and a key defensive player in shooting guard Tony Allen, out with a fractured hand suffered in January.
With leading scorer Conley out, power forward Zach Randolph averages 17.6 points per game but on just 50.1 percent True Shooting, along with 10.5 rebounds. Center Marc Gasol averages 13.6 points per game and 6.3 rebounds. Shooting guard Courtney Lee, a former Magic draft pick acquired by Memphis from the Boston Celtics earlier in the season, averages 14.1 points per game on outstanding 64.8 percent True Shooting. Former Magic Rookie of the Year Mike Miller, in his first season back with Memphis, averages 6.7 points per game on 59.2 percent True Shooting.