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The Magic have won four in a row at home, but can they keep up that progress against the fast-rising Brooklyn Nets?

NBA: Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Nets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic are just 1.5 games back of the eighth and final seed, and can gain some ground on the current seventh-seeded Brooklyn Nets with a victory on Friday.

The Nets, just two games ahead of the Magic, are on a bit of a hot streak, winning six of their previous eight games. That included impressive victories over both the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics this week.

But the Magic have won four in a row at home. Can they keep the streak alive and crawl one game closer to playoff-seeding?

Note:

Mo Bamba is available and will play tonight, according to head coach Steve Clifford. Khem Birch will also get minutes at the center position.

“We don’t want to get him (Bamba) too tired.”

What: Orlando Magic (19-25) vs Brooklyn Nets (23-23)

Where: Amway Center - Orlando, Florida

When: Friday at 7:00 p.m. EST

TV: Fox Sports Florida, NBA League Pass

Line: Nets -1, Over/Under 216

Injuries: Magic - Mo Bamba (available, foot), Timofey Mozgov (out, knee); Nets - Allen Crabbe (out, sore right knee), Jared Dudley (out, left hamstring strain), Caris LeVert (out, subtalar dislocation, right foot), Dzanan Musa (out, left shoulder subluxation)

Brooklyn Orlando
Pace: 98.6 (20th) Pace: 97.0 (26th)
ORtg: 111.3 (13th) ORtg: 106.0 (26th)
DRtg: 111.9 (21st) DRtg: 110.0 (14th)
Projected Starters:
Brooklyn Orlando
PG - D'Angelo Russell PG - D.J. Augustin
SG - Joe Harris SG - Evan Fournier
SF - Treveon Graham F - Jonathan Isaac
F - Rodions Kurus PF - Aaron Gordon
C - Jarrett Allen C - Nikola Vucevic
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For an in-depth preview, check out Preston’s words here.

To get a behind the scenes look from the Nets, give a gander to our friend’s work at NetsDaily.

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