March is the final full month of the NBA season before playoffs start in mid-April. By this point in the year, the league’s top teams will be preparing for the playoffs, and hopeful teams will be making their last push for it. The Magic look to be one of these teams—in fact, if the playoffs started at the time of this blog’s writing, they would just sneak in as the last team from the Eastern Conference to make it.
vs. Dallas Mavericks
Friday, March 8 | 7:00pm
The Dallas Mavericks are probably the most even matchup for the Magic this month, with both teams posting similar .500 records through this point in the season. The Mavericks have one of the league’s best bench rotations, providing stiff competition for a Magic team that is also surprisingly deep this year. This contest could easily go either way, and it should prove to be an entertaining one to attend.
vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Thursday, March 14 | 7:00pm
This offseason, the biggest name in the NBA—LeBron James—departed Cleveland and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. In his absence, Cleveland has managed to prove just how good he is: the team that he carried to multiple consecutive finals has regressed to the bottom tier of the league, fighting not for playoff victories at this point, but for higher draft picks. I’m guessing this will be an easy win for the Magic.
vs. Atlanta Hawks
Sunday, March 17 | 6:00pm
If the aforementioned Cavaliers aren’t the worst team in the NBA this year, it is likely to be the Atlanta Hawks. Through 20 games, they have already managed to lose 10 in a row, and it is a struggle to identify any upsides to the way they have played so far this season. If you’re coming to a Magic game in hopes of seeing a win, this is one of your best chances.
vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Wednesday, March 20 | 7:00pm
The New Orleans Pelicans are a middling team so far this season, posting a .500 record through 20 games at the time of writing. Their biggest star, Anthony Davis, has dealt with injury early on this year, and the Pelicans managed to lose every game he was out. Still, this team has put together some solid games this year, and should give the Magic a good game when they come to town.
vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Friday, March 22 | 7:00pm
At the time of writing this, the Memphis Grizzlies have a 12-7 record and have looked solid in the early season so far. Much can change over the course of the NBA season, but the rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. and the Grizzlies look set to chase playoff dreams this year. This is shaping up to be an interesting matchup for the Magic, and it will definitely be a fun game to watch.
vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Monday, March 25 | 7:00pm
Jimmy Butler, the all-star who turned heads this season when he was traded to Philadelphia, brings the 76ers and all of their drama to Orlando for the final Magic home game of the month. Butler isn’t the only star on this team—Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and rookie Markelle Fultz will all take the court for the visitors as the Magic play for what would surely be an upset victory.
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