The NBA is set up with another great day of action throughout Saturday. Ten games are up on the board throughout December 26. One of these matchups will be between the Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards. These two teams are looking to get going early in the season, which should lead to a great game on Saturday. This game will tip off at around at 7:00 PM Eastern time.
The Magic have started this season out with a record of 1-0. Orlando finished out last season with a record of 33-40, which had them in eighth place of the Eastern Conference. The Magic were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs last season and will look to move up this season. Orlando will look to earn back to back wins as they try to move up in the East.
Washington started out this season with a record of 0-1. The Wizards put up a record of 25-47, which had them in tenth place of the Eastern Conference. Washington will look for their new lineup to find chemistry early in this season as they vie for a playoff spot in the East. I expect the Wizards to try and come out strong in this one as they look to bounce back from the early season loss.
These two teams did not have strong records last season, but were in the playoff mix come the end of the season. The Wizards ended up missing out, while Orlando was knocked out in the first round. Both teams are looking to earn a quick start to the season as the East still seems very much open. I expect both teams to try and set the pace in this one early.
These two teams met up four times throughout last season. Orlando hosted the first game on November 17. Bradley Beal scored 34 points, while C.J. Miles dropped 31 off the bench. It was still not enough for the Wizards though. Nikola Vucevic finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds, while Evan Fournier scored 25 points and 9 assists. The Magic were able to finish with a 125-121 win at home.
The second game of the season series shifted to Washington on December 3. Bradley Beal finished with 42 points, while Davis Bertans and Isaiah Thomas both dropped 21 and 20 points, but it still was not enough. Evan Fournier finished with 31 points and D.J. Augustin scored 24 points off the bench. Orlando was able to hold on for a 127-120 win.
The Wizards hosted the third game of the season series on January 1. Bradley Beal scored 27 points, while Jordan McRae finished with 15 points off the bench. D.J. Augustin scored 25 points off the bench. Nikola Vucevic added 20 points and 12 rebounds to help propel the Magic to a win. Orlando was able to earn a dominant 122-101 win in thi sone.
Orlando hosted the fourth and most recent game of the season series on January 8. The Wizards starting lineup only combined for 28 points, which was not nearly enough. Nikola Vucevic finished with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Evan Fournier added another 19 points for the Magic in the win. Orlando swept the season series with the Wizards with a 123-89 win in this one.
The Magic had multiple players step up in their first game of the season. Evan Fournier dropped 25 points for Orlando in the win. Aaron Gordon added another 20 points and 7 rebounds. Terrence Ross scored 19 points of his own. Nikola Vucevic and Markelle Fultz both finished with 15 points, while Vucevic added 11 rebounds in the win.
Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook both stepped up in Washington’s first game of the season. Beal finished with 31 points, while Westbrook scored 21 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists in his debut with the Wizards. Davis Bertans scored 14 points for Washington. Thomas Bryant added 10 points as well, but the Wizards could not secure the win.
These two teams both finished with solid performances from their top players on opening night. Beal and Westbrook both played really well for the Wizards, but Washington needs Westbrook to do a bit better from the field. Fournier and Gordon played well in Orlando’s win, but Vucevic will look to score more if the Magic are going to keep earning wins.
Field Goal Shooting
The Magic struggled heavily from the field throughout last season. Orlando made 44.4 percent of their shots from the field, which was 27th in the NBA. The Magic also shot 34.3 percent from deep, while making 50.2 percent of their shots from in close. Orlando was able to shoot 47.7 percent from the field on opening night, which they will look to keep up in this one.
Washington was a solid shooting team last season, despite their struggles in the win column. The Wizards made 45.7 percent of their shots from the field. Washington also made 36.8 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which was 8th in the league. The Wizards made 45.9 percent of their shots from the field on opening night and 48.1 percent of their shots from deep.
The Wizards had a strong performance on opening night when it comes to shooting, but it was not enough to propel them to the win. Washington will look to shoot well again in this one against the Magic. Orlando is not the best shooting team, but can stifle their opponents. If the Magic can force the Wizards to take bad shots in this one, it could help them earn the win.
Washington took a tough loss in their first game of the season, which they will look to bounce back from in this one. The Magic were able to earn an impressive win against the Raptors on opening night and will look to start out 2-0 in this one. The Wizards have lost four games in a row against Orlando and I do not think this will last. If Washington can come out fast in this one, they should be able to secure the victory.
BetOnline has the Wizards listed as a -2 against the spread in this one, which gives them a solid edge in this one. Washington has improved a lot this offseason and I expect that to pay off soon. The Wizards have a good chance to get that victory against an Orlando team that struggles from the field. I really like Washington to break their losing streak against the Magic in this one.