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The Orlando Magic are probably going to lose Dwight Howard, which has limited their national TV slots in 2012-13.
With Dwight Howard as the face of their franchise and expectations of contending for a conference title, the Orlando Magic were regularly on national television in prominent slots in recent years. Howard's future is uncertain now, and there's little chance that he sticks around with the team long term. The NBA's TV partners seem to have recognized this, because the Magic aren't playing on opening night or Christmas Day.
The Magic get their season underway on November 2, at home against the Denver Nuggets. They make their national television debut on November 16, when they face off against the Detroit Pistons. Their only other scheduled ESPN game is on December 14, against the Golden State Warriors.
Orlando's first in-state clash with title-holding Miami Heat doesn't come until late in the season, on New Year's Eve. Their other games come on March 6, March 25 and April 17.
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