The Orlando Magic are solidly entrenched with the third-worst record in the NBA at 19-45 after losing both their games last week. They are six games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the NBA's worst record at 12-50, and are three games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers, who have the second-worst record in the league at 15-47. The Magic trail the Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz, Sacramento Kings, and Los Angeles Lakers, who have 22 wins apiece. With only 18 games remaining, it's looking more likely that the Magic will finish with the third-worst record in the league.
Here is the Magic schedule for this week:
Monday, March 10th: Magic at Bucks, 8:00 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
The Magic have the worst road record in the league at 4-29, while the Bucks have the worst home record of 7-26, as well as the worst record overall. Last month, in the same scenario, the Bucks beat the Magic, 104-100. Caron Butler was the leading scorer in that game with 21 points, but is no longer with Milwaukee after the Bucks bought out his contract. This meeting will be the final one of the 2013/14 season between the teams, with the Magic leading the season series, 2-1.
Wednesday, March 12th: Denver Nuggets at Magic, 7:00 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
It's been a rough first season for Nuggets' head coach and former Magic player Brian Shaw, as Denver is far out of playoff contention in the Western Conference, with a 27-35 record and trailing eighth-seed Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns by nine games. Injuries have hit Denver hard this season, with Danilo Gallinari missing the entire season recovering from a torn ACL, key free agent pickup Nate Robinson out for the season since late January after knee surgery, and center JaVale McGee out for the season since November after tibia surgery.
The Nuggets' defense is one of the worst in the league, as they have given up an average of 105.6 points per game, which ranks 28th. Point guard Ty Lawson leads the team, averaging 18.6 points and nine assists per game.
The Nuggets manhandled the Magic in Denver, 120-94 ,on January 11th in their only other meeting this season.
Friday, March 14th: Washington Wizards at Magic, 7:00 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
This game will be the toughest one of the week for the Magic, as the streaking Wizards have won eight of their last 10 games and have a 33-29 record, good for fifth place in the East as they battle for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Wizards are second in the league at three-point percentage, shooting 38.7 percent from long range. Former Magic small forward Trevor Ariza continues to amaze with his efficiency, averaging 15.2 points per game on 60.9 percent True Shooting.
The Wizards lead the season series, 2-0, winning both games in Washington with final scores of 98-80 and 115-106.