Matt Moore, CBS Sports: No. 24 (Last week: No. 19)
Three straight losses to Pistons, Nets, and Hornets — not exactly a murderer’s row. Orlando tried making a leap this season, but it won’t happen unless it gets a significant talent injection.
Marc Stein, ESPN: No. 26 (Last week: No. 23)
A home defeat to Detroit to close out the calendar year, followed by two more losses at home to Brooklyn and Charlotte to launch 2015, is the last thing Orlando’s bid to hang around the top eight needed. Next up is a four-game trip … followed (ugh) by a Houston/Memphis/Oklahoma City homestand.
John Schuhmann, NBA.com: No. 27 (Last week: No. 24)
They Magic got a win in Miami and a near triple-double from Elfrid Payton in a near comeback against Brooklyn last week. But if they wanted to compete for a playoff spot, they needed more from their last 10 games, with seven of them at home and nine of them against teams that are below .500. They went 3-7, scoring less than a point per possession.
Drew Garrison, SB Nation: No. 22 (Last week: No. 21)
The Magic lost to Detroit and Charlotte in the same week, and are embarking on four-game road trip that includes three West teams and ends in Chicago. Then, they come home to face the Rockets, Grizzlies and Thunder. They’ll need some Magic to move up the power rankings over the next few weeks.
Matt Dollinger, Sports Illustrated: No. 24 (Last week: No. 21)
After a scintillating start to the season, Evan Fournier is currently mired in an ugly spell. Since being demoted from the starting lineup eight games ago, Fournier is shooting just 34.9 percent.
Marc J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports: No. 21 (Last week: No. 21)
Rookie Elfrid Payton has been picking up his game recently, averaging 9.2 points, 7.8 assists and 4.6 assists over his past five games.