The Orlando Magic, at 19-52 and on a nine-game losing streak, continue to have a strong hold on the third-worst record in the NBA. They are 3.5 games ahead of the 19-52 Philadelphia 76ers and are 4.5 games behind the 23-47 Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz. Here's a look at the Magic's schedule for the week as they begin a four-game homestand.
Tuesday, March 25th: Portland Trail Blazers at Magic, 7 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
The Trail Blazers, coming off a 30-point shellacking from the Charlotte Bobcats and losers of 6 of their last 10 games, have fallen to the fifth seed in the Western Conference with a record of 45-25. The Blazers have missed leading scorer and rebounder LaMarcus Aldridge the last several games with a bruised lower back.
Portland will be looking for the season sweep of the Magic, as the Blazers handily won in Portland, 110-94, on January 8th. Aldridge scored 36 points and forward Nicolas Batum getting a triple-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists.
Friday, March 28th: Bobcats at Magic, 7 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
Two years removed from owning the NBA's worst record, the Bobcats are in great position to make the playoffs, as they are 34-36 and have the seventh seed in the East.
The season series is tied 1-1 with two games remaining, as each team has won on the other's home court. Bobcats power forward Al Jefferson scored 30 points along with 16 rebounds in a 111-101 Charlotte victory on January 17th in Orlando.
Sunday, March 30th: Toronto Raptors at Magic, 6 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
The Raptors, with a 39-30 record, make their only appearance in Orlando this season. They are barely hanging on to the third seed in the East, just a half-game ahead of the Chicago Bulls.
Toronto will be trying for the season sweep, as they easily beat the Magic in their two previous games in Toronto by 15 points in each game. Point guard Kyle Lowry led the Raptors in scoring in both games with 33 and 28 points, respectively.