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NBA schedule 2012: Heat, Magic face back-to-backs

The Heat face the Pistons and Bucks this weekend, while the Magic take on the Wizards and Raptors.

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Both the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic will be in action on Friday and Saturday. The Heat will be on the road for two games against the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks, while the Magic will face the Washington Wizards before returning home to take on the Toronto Raptors.

The Heat have won six games in a row and sit atop the Eastern Conference with a record of 20-6. Miami last played on Wednesday, defeating the Charlotte Bobcats, 105-92.

The Pistons hold just a 9-22 record overall, but they have been somewhat respectable at home. Detroit is 6-8 at The Palace of Auburn Hills, so they will likely put up some fight when Miami comes to town on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Heat will be without star Dwyane Wade, who was suspended one game for kicking the Bobcats' Ramon Sessions in the groin. Ray Allen also may sit out with a shoulder injury.

When the Heat face the Bucks on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET, they will be facing a team that has been rather up-and-down lately. Milwaukee has gone 3-3 over their last three games, and have not won or lost two in a row during that span.

As for the Magic, they have lost three in a row after a four-game winning streak. Orlando will have solid opportunities to get back on the winning track this weekend, as Washington (7 p.m. ET) and Toronto (7 p.m. ET) both have losing records. However, the Raptors have won four of their last five, including a win over the Magic last Friday.

The rest of the Southeast Division will also be participating in Friday/Saturday back-to-backs this weekend. The Wizards face the Chicago Bulls after taking on the Magic. The Atlanta Hawks take on the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers. And finally, the Charlotte Bobcats will square off against the Brooklyn Nets and New Orleans Hornets.

Here's the full NBA weekend schedule from

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