There are over 25 games to look forward to on national TV this week, but there are a number of other can't-miss games around the association that can only be found on NBA League Pass.
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From the Orlando Magic, who earn the distinction of League Pass Team of the Week, to some of the most exciting matchups of the week, get an idea of what to look out for this week on NBA League Pass.
All times Eastern.
Team to watch: Orlando Magic
Monday, Jan. 16 vs. New York Knicks | Wednesday, Jan. 20 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves | Friday, Jan. 22 vs. Indiana Pacers | Sunday, Jan. 24 vs. Charlotte Hornets
The Magic tick three League Pass Team of the Week boxes.
One? They have something to prove.
After starting out the season red-hot, the Magic have lost six in a row, making for the longest active losing streak in the league. They've gone from being tied with the Pacers for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference to being a half-game behind the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 8 seed within two weeks. The season is still young, but they need to right the ship sooner rather than later.
Two? They have some intriguing matchups ahead of them.
Following Monday's loss to the Knicks, the Magic take on the Timberwolves, who have gotten off to a slow start this season but have plenty of talent in D'Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Ricky Rubio, Jarrett Culver and the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Anthony Edwards. (Two-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns is unlikely to play, having recently revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19). The Magic then travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers, who are led by one-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis and a potential first-time All-Star in Malcolm Brogdon.
The Magic close out the week at home against the Hornets, who have been one of the biggest surprises this season on the strength of the play of Gordon Hayward, Terry Rozier and the No. 3 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, LaMelo Ball.
Three? Magic centre Nikola Vucevic has been one of the hottest players in the league lately.
The one-time All-Star is averaging 25.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists over Orlando's six-game losing streak, doing so on 53.4 percent shooting from the field and 40.9 percent from 3-point range. He was at his best in the Magic's loss to the Brooklyn Nets, posting 34 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals on 6-for-12 shooting from the perimeter.
Vucevic made history in the process.
The one and only...VOOOOOOOOCH! pic.twitter.com/w17SSIY1Yy- Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) January 17, 2021
The Magic are going to need Vucevic to continue playing at the level he has lately to get back on track.
Best League Pass Games of the Week
Monday, Jan. 18: San Antonio Spurs vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 19: Games are either on TSN, RDS or SN in Canada
Wednesday, Jan. 20: Brooklyn Nets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Jan 21: Games are either on TSN, RDS or SN in Canada.
Friday, Jan. 22: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 23: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 24: Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 8:00 p.m.
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