After splitting their last six games, the Orlando Magic are 22-55 and still own the third-worst record in the NBA. They can no longer finish lower than the third-worst record, but are creeping closer to the Boston Celtics ahead of them, as they trail the 23-54 Celtics by just one game. It should be noted that the Celtics have the tiebreaker over the Magic should the two teams finish with the same record. The Utah Jazz (24-53) and the Los Angeles Lakers (25-52) are also within reach for the Magic.
Here's a look at the Magic schedule for the week:
Wednesday, April 9th: Brooklyn Nets at Magic, 7:00 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
The Nets continue to play well, as they are the fifth seed in the East with a 42-34 record, and have won 12 of their last 16 games. Five players on their active roster average in double figures, led by All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson who averages 15.6 points per game on 56.5 percent True Shooting. Point guard Deron Williams averages 14.5 points per game on 57 percent True Shooting along with 6.3 assists per game.
In Brooklyn's only other appearance in Orlando back on November 3rd, the Magic had their largest margin of victory this season in a 107-86 rout over the Nets. Nik Vucevic and Victor Oladipo each scored 19 points, as the Magic scored 66 points in the second half of the game.
Friday, April 11th: Washington Wizards at Magic, 7:00 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
The Wizards have clinched a playoff berth and are currently the sixth seed in the East with a 40-37 record, despite playing without starting power forward Nene, who has not played since late February with a sprained left MCL. They are led by point guard John Wall, who averages 19.8 points per game on 52.8 percent True Shooting along with 8.7 assists per game.
The Wizards will be going for the season sweep of the Magic, as they lead the series 3-0. That includes a 105-101 overtime victory in Orlando on March 14th, as former Magic small forward Trevor Ariza scored a game-high 21 points.
Sunday, April 13th: Magic at Nets, 6:00 PM Eastern, Fox Sports Florida
In Orlando's only other appearance in Brooklyn back on January 21st, the Nets defeated the Magic 101-90. Reserve power forward Andre Blatche led the Nets with 18 points. Kyle O'Quinn led the Magic off the bench with 15 points and 8 rebounds.