During your next visit to Orlando, you just might get the chance to spot your favorite NBA players up close. Orlando’s hometown NBA team plays seven games at home in the month of January, and many of these games are against teams that are in the preseason conversation for playoff spots. Whether you’re hoping for a Magic win or just here to see some of your favorite players in person, there’s something to watch for in each of these home games.
vs. Boston Celtics
Saturday, Jan. 12 | 7:00 PM
The Boston Celtics were one of the best teams in the league last year, going 55-27 until eventually losing to the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. Now that LeBron James is in the Western Conference, the Celtics are expected to be the best team in the East, with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward both healthy again this year as well.
vs. Houston Rockets
Sunday, Jan. 13 | 6:00 PM
Houston had a stellar regular season, finishing 65-17, but lost in the Western Conference finals to the eventual champions, the Golden State Warriors. The Rockets have added a number of exciting players in the offseason—most notably, Carmelo Anthony—to help boost their chances at another championship run. They will be an exciting team to watch when they come to Orlando in January.
vs. Brooklyn Nets
Friday, Jan. 18 | 7:00 PM
If you are hoping to witness the admittedly rare Magic victory, the game against the Brooklyn Nets (28-54 last year) is probably your best chance. A lot can happen in the first couple months of the season, but preseason rankings currently have Brooklyn at #23 (of 30) compared to the Magic at #28. Every other team that the Magic play is ranked better than average to start the season, with the Washington Wizards being the next closest at #14.
vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Saturday, Jan. 19 | 7:00 PM
Giannis Antetokounmpo is the shining star on this team, and one of the best players in the entire NBA. He hopes to lead this Milwaukee Bucks team back to the playoffs, where they can hopefully make it out of the first round—unlike last year, where they went 44-38 and were sent home early in the playoffs. Having made a couple of key offseason additions, this team is definitely one to watch.
vs. Washington Wizards
Friday, Jan. 25 | 7:00 PM
The Washington Wizards barely had a winning record last year, only managing to go 43-39 on the season. A disappointing first round playoff exit led to a restructuring offseason with a lot of big additions to the team, including Orlando alumni Dwight Howard and Austin Rivers. Okay, so Rivers didn’t play professionally in Orlando, but he grew up here and went to Winter Park High School. It’s difficult to tell how good—or bad—this team will be by the time they come to Orlando, but it promises to be a thrilling match up either way.
vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Tuesday, Jan. 29 | 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City was a playoff hopeful last year who suffered a disappointing first-round exit when they finally made it there after a 48-34 regular season. Perennial all-star Russell Westbrook underwent knee surgery just before the start of training camp this year, but should be back in the lineup by the time the Thunder are in town. This team looks good this year, and they will certainly bring a show when they visit the Magic.
vs. Indiana Pacers
Thursday, Jan. 31 | 7:00 PM
All the way back in 2013, the Orlando Magic drafted a young man named Victor Oladipo with the second overall pick. Though he was traded away after not making a splash in three years here, he eventually became an all-star in his first year with the Indiana Pacers. Those same Pacers, now led by Oladipo as he enters his sixth NBA year, come to town on the last day of the month for a showdown with the Magic.
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