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NBA Standings 2012: Magic Still Sixth, Half Game Ahead of Boston

After this weekend's loss to the Atlanta Hawks and win over the Milwaukee Bucks, the Orlando Magic are 17-11 for the season.

After this weekend's loss to the Atlanta Hawks and win over the Milwaukee Bucks, the Orlando Magic are 17-11 for the season. If the Magic hope to make up a move up the 2012 NBA Standings they'll have to play well during their three game homestand against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76er's, and Milwaukee Bucks this week. At home the Magic are 9-6, a record they'll have to improve upon to end up with one of the East's top four playoff seeds.

Currently the Magic are seeded sixth in the East, and if the 2012 NBA playoffs were to start today Dwight Howard and the Magic would face off against the third-seeded Philadelphia 76er's in Philadelphia. However, the Magic are only a half-game behind the Pacers for the fifth seed.

From behind the Magic face the most serious competition from the Boston Celtics who, although a game and a half behind the Magic in the 2012 NBA Standings, are 7-3 in their last ten games. Further back in the standings are also the resurgent New York Knicks, who have won five straight behind Jeremy Lin's stellar play to go 6-4 over their last ten games and will be getting star power forward Amare Stoudemire back in their line-up. The Magic are 5-5 over their last ten games.

The Magic are third in the Southeast Division behind the Miami Heat (21-7) and the Atlanta Hawks (18-10), after winning the division three of the past four years.

For more information on the 2012 NBA Standings check out SB Nation NBA and for more information on the Orlando Magic be sure to check out SB Nation Blog Orlando Pinstriped Post.

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