2019-20 NBA – Orlando Magic @ Washington Wizards Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Orlando Magic @ Washington Wizards taking place? Wednesday 1st January, 2020 – 23:00 (UK)

Where is Orlando Magic @ Washington Wizards taking place? Capital One Arena

What channel is Orlando Magic @ Washington Wizards on? NBC Sports Washington, Fox Sports Florida

Where can I stream Orlando Magic @ Washington Wizards? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service, NBC Sports App, Fox Sports GO

Where can I get tickets for Orlando Magic @ Washington Wizards? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Orlando Magic 127 – 120 Washington Wizards

THE TEAM NEWS

ORLANDO MAGIC

  • The Magic are on a two-game losing streak following their 101-93 loss against the Atlanta Hawks and they have posted a 2-3 mark over their last five games. However, the Magic remain in the playoff zone since they sit in eighth place of the Eastern Conference with a 14-19 record.
  • Aaron Gordon is dealing with an Achilles injury and while he will be a game-time decision, he is unlikely to feature here. Michael Carter-Williams and Al-Farouq Aminu are out, while Chuma Okeke has been ruled out for the entire season.
  • The absence of Gordon should put even more weight on Nikola Vucevic’s shoulders to perform offensively. The center, who scored 27 points the last time out, is currently averaging 20.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in his last eight games since returning from injury earlier this month.

WASHINGTON WIZARDS

  • The Wizards pulled off a shocking win the last time out, as they secured a huge 123-105 win over the Miami Heat. That ended a two-game losing run for them, although they still own a 2-3 mark in their previous five contests.
  • Bradley Beal and Moritz Wagner are listed as game-time decisions for this contest, but Washington should remain depleted due to injuries. Davis Bertans, Rui Hachimura, Thomas Bryant and C.J. Miles are out, while John Wall remains out for the entire season.
  • Given the absences, one player to keep an eye here for the Wizards should be Jordan McRae. He has assumed a bigger role on offense of late, and he has responded with averages of 21.3 points, 4.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 68.8 percent from three-point range over his last three games. It’s a small sample size, but it’s a step in the right direction for a struggling Washington team.

THE PREDICTION

These teams enter this game with the exact same form over their last five contests, but there is no question Orlando should have a slight edge. Not only because they have been the better side throughout most of the season, but also because the Wizards are seriously depleted when it comes to injuries as they will be without most of their regular starting unit for this matchup. The Magic should be able to conjure up a win here.

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