Hitting The Road

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (R) drives past Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard during the first quarter at the United Center in Chicago on December 1, 2010. UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom

Good teams make a habit of winning games on the road.

As of late, nothing has been more difficult than being successful on a west coast trip.

Despite the Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics putting up a 50-win season in each of the last four seasons, the Western Conference has been the dominate conference. In fact, last season, all eight Western Conference playoff teams that made the playoffs won at least 50 games.

Despite all of that, the Magic have been pretty successful on west coast road trips under Head Coach Stan Van Gundy. They’ve gone 16-10 during West coast road trips, posted three four-win trips, one .500 trip and two 1-3 trips.

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