The Orlando Magic, locked in a tight battle for an Eastern Conference playoff spot, won't get an easier opportunity in their final four games than the one they have at home against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
The Knicks (15-62) have the worst record in the NBA and are one of three teams headed to have the best lottery odds -- 14 percent -- of landing the top pick in the draft.
But here's the catch: The Knicks beat Orlando in the teams' most recent meeting, 108-103 on Feb. 26 in New York.
"We've got to pick it up, especially defending our home court," Orlando forward Aaron Gordon said on NBA.com. "That's our mindset, getting our minds right for that next game and hopefully being better on defense."
The Magic (38-40) are a half-game back of Miami (38-39) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, a game behind Brooklyn (39-39) and 1 1/2 games in back of Detroit (39-38). >> Read more
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