NBA draft lottery watch: Magic threatening to outsuck Bobcats

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The Magic have lost five straight games and are breathing down the neck of the Bobcats for the worst record in the NBA.

The Orlando Magic are tanking hard for that worst record in the NBA, as they are now just a half game better than the Charlotte Bobcats in the standings after a 91-85 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. The Magic have lost five straight games and 13 of their last 14.

Orlando closes the year with four straight games against Eastern Conference playoff teams, so it's easy to envision them losing their last four. The Bobcats have five games left, but they have winnable games against the Cavs and Detroit Pistons on the slate.

The Phoenix Suns have taken command in the race for the third-worst record in the league thanks to their nine-game losing streak. The Suns extended that losing streak to nine on Sunday with a 95-92 loss to the New Orleans Hornets. Phoenix finishes with four of five games on the road, so their 1½-game lead over Cleveland for the third-worst record appears to be pretty safe.

Here's the full draft lottery race:

W L GB
Charlotte Bobcats 18 59 -
Orlando Magic 19 59 ½
Phoenix Suns 23 54 5
Cleveland Cavaliers 24 52
Detroit Pistons 26 52
Sacramento Kings 27 50 9
New Orleans Hornets 27 50 9
Washington Wizards 29 48 11
Toronto Raptors 29 48 11
Minnesota Timberwolves 29 47 11½
Philadelphia 76ers 31 45 13½
Portland Trail Blazers 33 44 15
Dallas Mavericks 38 39 20
Los Angeles Lakers 40 37 22

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