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NBA schedule 2012: Magic host Heat, Bulls while Miami takes on Mavericks

The Orlando Magic will host two of the top teams in the conference this week when the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls come to town.

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The Orlando Magic have been sliding as of late and the schedule doesn't get much easier as the team is slated to take on two of the top teams in the conference this week. Meanwhile the Miami Heat look to end their recent rough patch, too.

Having lost five straight games, three of which that have been losses of four points or less, the Jacque Vaughn's Magic will need to bring their A-game this week. First, the Magic will host the defending NBA champions Miami Heat on Monday. It doesn't get any easier as the Magic will need to turn around and host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday whose defense will pose a challenge for the Magic offense.

Miami has uncharacteristically lost two straight games, but will have two opportunities to end their losing streak this week. First Miami will play the Orlando Magic and then have a day off before hosting O.J. Mayo and the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

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