8. Orlando Magic

Record: 6 - 3
Last Week's Rank: 5
Last Week's Results: L @ Detroit, 89-78 (Mon); W vs. Washington, 103-85 (Wed); L vs. Chicago, 97-83 (Fri); W @ Sacramento, 104-97 (Sun)
This Week: @ Portland, Wednesday (1/11); @ Golden State, Thursday (1/12)

Aside from their loss to the Pistons, the Orlando Magic performed as expected. An L to a tough Chicago Bulls team shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but victories over the winless Wizards (it has an ironic ring to it, doesn't it?) and the Kings are necessary to stay alive in such a difficult division. With a West Coast swing that only consists of two games this week, the Magic will be rested yet tested. Apologies for going all Clyde Frazier right there. —Jose Martinez