Magic One Win Away from Tying 1994 Franchise Record for Consecutive Wins

‣ The Orlando Magic has extended their winning streak to eight games, tying their franchise record for most consecutive wins, previously set in 1994.
‣ Despite their winning streak, the Orlando Magic hold 22nd-ranked odds to win this season’s championship, with better odds shown for the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, and Atlanta Hawks.
‣ The Magic have not advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals since 2010 and have never won an NBA championship.

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Orlando Magic’s on a roll! They’ve stretched their winning streak to eight games after Wednesday night’s 139-120 victory over the Washington Wizards. This ties their franchise record for most consecutive wins, a record set way back in 1994.

They’ve had some pretty impressive runs in the past. Remember 2018-19? Six straight wins from March 14-26. Or how about 2015-16? Five consecutive wins between November 25 and December 3. But nothing beats the nine straight wins from December 23 to January 8 in 2010-11. That was something!

According to multiple NBA betting sites, the Magic currently sit 22nd in line to win this season’s championship. Surprisingly, teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, and Atlanta Hawks have better odds. Go figure.

A tweet from NBA’s official account says it all: “The Magic are currently one win shy of tying a franchise record for most wins in a row . Check out the best plays from Orlando’s 8-game winning streak pic.twitter.com/0oPl0kLea0 — NBA (@NBA) November 30, 2023.”

Magic coach Jamahl Mosley keeps it real. “I’m going to stick with one game at a time,” he says. “We’ve got Washington again on Friday, so we’ve got to prepare for it the right way.”

The Wizards, on the other hand, have a dismal 2-15 record in their last 17 road games. However, they’ve managed to beat the Magic 4 times in their last six encounters. Interestingly, Orlando seems to have a thing for Fridays, with a 6-1 record in their last seven Friday games.

The Magic have only tied their franchise record twice this century. The first time was under Doc Rivers in 2001. “You start analyzing the schedule and things like that, you start to lose,” warns Jalen Suggs. “Attention to detail, I think that’s one thing that’s made this run, and this start of the season, so special for us. We’re so locked in in any situation.”

Cole Anthony was on fire in Wednesday’s victory, racking up 25 points off the bench. This marks his sixth straight game of 15 or more points. In these six games, he’s averaged 20.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists.

The Magic also had an eight-game winning streak in the 2009-10 season and two seven-game win streaks in the 2008-09 season. They even won eight straight games in the 2005-06 season.

Under Doc Rivers, the Magic had another nine-game winning streak in 2000-01. This included a thrilling 123-117 double-overtime victory over Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers.

To some, this win streak might not seem like a big deal. But to the Magic faithful, it’s huge. The team has missed the playoffs in nine of its last 11 seasons. They haven’t made it to the Eastern Conference Finals since 2010, the same year Dwight Howard won Defensive Player of the Year.

And let’s not forget, the Magic have never won an NBA championship. They were swept by the Houston Rockets in the 1995 NBA Finals and lost in five games to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2009 Finals. So yeah, this win streak? It’s a pretty big deal.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
James, a dedicated writer for BasketballHour, holds a degree in English and Creative Writing. A genuine sports enthusiast and skilled betting advice provider, he writes engaging articles and valuable winning strategies for sports.

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