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Orlando Magic

What to watch on NBA League Pass from March 4-March 10

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Orlando continues its playoff push while D Wade visits Charlotte for the last time (NBA Getty Images)

From March 4-March 10, 20 games are set to air on national TV, but there are a bunch of other can't-miss games throughout the week that can only be found on NBA League Pass.

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From this week's team to watch to the biggest matchups throughout the week, check below for the week ahead on NBA League Pass.

All times Eastern.

Team to watch: Orlando Magic

Tuesday, March 5 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (On SN1) | Friday, March 8 vs. Dallas, 7 p.m. | Sunday, March 10 at Memphis, 6 p.m.

Don't look now, but Orlando (30-35) is one of the league's hottest teams having gone 7-3 in its last 10 games. The team has catapulted itself into playoff contention with its play over the past month and looks to cement itself into a playoff seed over the final month of the season.

The intriguing aspect of the Magic is their ability to compete with - and beat - some of the league's top teams. Their most recent 10-game stretch began with a 20-point road win over the Bucks on Feb. 9 and has also included wins over the Raptors, Warriors and Pacers.

Conversely, Orlando's three losses in this span came at the hands of Cleveland, New York and Chicago.

Since Feb. 9, the Magic have posted an Offensive Rating of 112.3 and a Defensive Rating of 101.2 for a league-best 11.1 Net Rating.

The next closest team? Detroit with a Net Rating of 7.8.

Centre Nikola Vucevic, Orlando's first All-Star since Dwight Howard earned a selection in 2012, has been great all season. Over the last 10 games, Vucevic has averaged 21.1 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists while shooting 56.2 percent from the field and 45.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Outside of their All-Star centre, the Magic 's offensive attack is pretty balanced as five other players have averaged over double figures in the past 10 games: Aaron Gordon (15.4 ppg) leads the way, while Evan Fournier (14.4 ppg), Terrence Ross (14.4 ppg), Jonathan Isaac (13.7 ppg) and D.J. Augustin (10.8 ppg) have made big contributions.

The offensive development of Isaac, who was selected with the sixth overall pick in 2017, should be one of the more encouraging takeaways from the team's recent stretch. The versatile 6-foot-10 forward is beginning to show exactly why the team used a top-10 pick to draft him.

The Growth of Jonathan Isaac
PTS FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P%
Prior to Feb. 9 8.4 3.0 7.3 41.2 0.8 2.8 26.8
Last 10 Games 13.7 5.2 10.4 50.0 2.0 4.6 43.5

The Magic also added 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz at the trade deadline. While it is unclear whether or not he will appear in a game this season, he is a compelling addition that could provide yet another jolt on the offensive end. Mo Bamba, who was selected No. 6 overall in 2018, has been sidelined since early Feb. with a stress fracture in his left tibia but a return to action has not been ruled out for this season.

This week, Orlando takes the floor three times beginning with another opportunity to take down a top team in Philadelphia Tuesday night on SN1. While this game will be broadcast nationally, it airs while the Raptors host the Rockets; a replay of the Magic and Sixers can be found on League Pass once the game ends.

The Magic return home Friday to host Luka Doncic and the Mavericks before making a one-game trip to take on the Grizzlies Sunday.

With fewer than 20 games remaining in the season, expect Orlando to up the intensity as it looks to continue to make its push for the postseason.

Best Games of the Week:

Monday, March 4: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Utah Jazz, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6: Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets

Wednesday, March 6: Boston Celtics vs. Sacramento Kings

Friday, March 8: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets

Saturday, March 9: Charlotte Hornets vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Sunday, March 10: Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks

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