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Washington Wizards vs Orlando Magic Prediction & Preview

Washington Wizards vs Orlando Magic 2019-03-13 NBA,

#549 Orlando
Magic 224
#550 Washington 
Wizards -2
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7:05pm
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It’s a Southeast Division matchup between a pair of teams chasing a playoff spot in the nation’s capital. The Orlando Magic is on the road as they visit the Washington Wizards Wednesday night. Orlando was defeated 105-97 on the road by Memphis in their last game Sunday night. Washington dropped Sacramento 121-115 at home in their last game Monday night. The Magic leads the all-time regular-season series between the teams 67-52 but the Wizards took two of the three meetings to date this season. In the last meeting, Washington picked up a 95-91 road win on January 25.

Orlando Magic Trying to Regroup

Orlando suffered their third loss in their last four games as they were upended on the road by Memphis in their last game. The Magic enter this one ninth in the Eastern Conference, one game behind the Heat for the final playoff spot. Orlando trailed by nine after the opening quarter, by one at the half and by three after three quarters. The Magic rallied to lead 95-88 with 3:06 to play but gave up a game-closing 17-2 run to end up with the loss. Orlando shot 35.6 percent from the field, including 12 of 38 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 53-45 in the loss. Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 26 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
The Magic has been below average this season putting the ball in the basket: they are 26th in the league with 105.8 points per game. Orlando stands 20th on the glass with 44.8 boards per contest and is 13th with 25 assists a night. The Magic is 5th in scoring defense as they allow 106.8 points a game. The Magic is tied for 21st in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.1 percent as a team. Orlando is tied for 14th with 11.2 made threes per game while the team is 12th in three-point percentage as they shoot 35.4 percent from downtown. Nikola Vucevic leads the way over the last 10 games with 21 points, 11.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists a night while shooting 52 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three-point range. Terrence Ross has stepped up his game, contributing 16.1 points a night though he’s shooting 38.8 percent from the floor and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc. All told, six players are averaging in double figures in that 10-game stretch. Orlando has been draining plenty of triples as they averaged 12.2 over the last 10 games. The Magic ranks eighth in that span by shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc.

Washington Wizards Look to Gain Ground in Playoff Picture

Washington snapped a two-game losing skid as they outlasted the Kings in a game that they tried to give away on multiple occasions. The Wizards enter this one 11th in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, leaving them 3.5 games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot. Washington led by eight after the opening quarter, trailed by one at the half and led by nine after three quarters. The Wizards gave the lead back as the Kings led 112-111 with 3:41 to go before Washington closed the game on a 10-3 run. Washington shot 46.5 percent from the field, including 14 of 37 from three-point range, and overcame 17 turnovers in the game. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 27 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and four steals in the win.
The Wizards are 6th in the league in scoring offense with 114.6 points per game. Washington is 28th in the league on the glass with 41.7 boards per game. The Wizards are 5th with 26.8 assists per game. Washington is 29th in the league as they allow 117.2 points per game on the year. Washington is tied for 8th in field goal percentage as the team shoots a collective 47 percent from the floor. The Wizards are 12th in the league with 11.6 triples a night while ranking tied for 24th in three-point shooting. Washington hits 34.5 percent from downtown this season. The Wizards are 4-6 in their last 10 games as they continue to struggle defensively. Washington is 27th in the league in that 10-game stretch in scoring defense as they allow 120 points per game and tied for 23rd in field goal percentage defense as opposing teams shoot 47.4 percent from the floor. Bradley Beal has been torching the nets of late with 29.9 points plus 7.5 assists a night while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor. Bobby Portis chips in 14.7 points plus 9.9 rebounds a night in that stretch. Dwight Howard suffered a setback during his rehab for a back issue as he tweaked his hamstring. His return status is in doubt. His absence has given Thomas Bryant (9.5 points, five rebounds, 51.5 percent shooting) extended run.

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