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Horace Grant fancies Orlando Magic's chances of making the playoffs

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The Orlando Magic face off against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday evening in the 2016 NBA Global Game.

It will be the Magic's first regular-season game in London and the Florida-based franchise are the home team as they continue their pursuit of a first playoff birth in four years.

Scott Skiles' young roster have produced some impressive basketball this season and find themselves eighth in the Eastern Conference.

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They come up against a DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry led Raptors, who are second in the East; 4.5 games back from Cleveland Cavaliers.

Ahead of the sixth successive sell-out at the O2 Arena, former Magic centre and four-time NBA Champion Horace Grant had his say on how his former team is fairing this season.

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And the 50-year-old, who helped the franchise reach their first ever NBA Finals, is confident about Orlando's chances of making the playoffs.

"I think they have a very good shot with Scott Skiles being the coach," said Grant. "He’s imprinting his philosophy on the team in terms of defence first and everything comes second.

"They’re such a young Basketball team but the way they come together as a group, I think they have a very good shot of making the playoffs."

Having finished 13th in the East last season, the up and coming franchise have made promising improvements under Skiles.

Evan Fournier has come to the fore at shooting guard while Victor Oladipo has been a strong sixth man off the bench.

Orlando will have to fight tooth and nail for a place in the playoffs, but the signs for the future are good.

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Orlando Magic
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
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Dwight Howard
Houston Rockets
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