For Game Day 42 Orlando are on a back-to-back at Home against Washington, as the Magic take on the Wizards. For Orlando this will be no easy game against a Washington Wizards team seeking a place in the postseason.
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Let’s take a look at tonight’s match up, history and what to expect.
Saturday 8th January – Orlando Magic 92-97 Detroit Pistons
The Magic Performance – Cole Anthony notched 19 points whilst Wendell Carter Jr sat out the game nursing a sore hamstring. Franz Wagner had his streak of consecutive double digits scoring games snapped at 21 games when he scored 9 last night in Detroit. He has scored double figures in 34 of his 40 NBA games, including attaining 20-points or more on 10 occasions. Gary Harris maintained a run of double-digit score after notching 28 points, this now sits at 19 in his last 21 games. Terrence Ross contributed 13 points from the bench, the only significant scoring contribution from the bench unit.
Friday 7th January – Washington Wizards 122 -130 Chicago Bulls
The Wizards Performance – a high scoring four quarters of basketball saw all five Washington starters record double digit scoring. Bradley Beal led the team with 26 points. Kyle Kuzma recorded a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. As a team the Wizards recorded good numbers for all categories of rebounding, assists, steals and blocks.
Orlando’s record is now 7 wins and 33 losses. The Magic remain last in the Eastern Conference and have the NBA’s worst record. The Magic have now lost 8 games consecutively. Of the last 10 games played the Magic have won 2 and looking back further it is 19 losses in 22 games. The home record stands at 2 wins of 16 games played, whilst on the road it is 5 wins in 24 played. Points per game sees the Magic score 101.7 whilst conceding 111.1, rating 28th on offence and 24th defensively.
Washington have a record of 19 wins and 20 losses, including losing their last two games played. The Wizarrds are 9th in the Eastern Conference. Of the last 10 games played they have won 4. Their home record stands at 10 wins in 17 played. In points per game the Washington score 107.5, whilst conceding 109.8. The Wizards are 18th in the NBA for offensive rating and 23rd defensively.
Head-To-Head – The Washington Wizards
The all time regular season record sees 128 games played, with the Magic ahead 73-55.
Last season the Magic took the series over the Wizards by 2-1. Washington won the final meeting of the season to break an Orlando winning streak of 6 straight meetings between the teams.
These two teams have never met in the playoffs.
Our Opponents – The Washington Wizards
Washington have fallen back after their surprise start to the season. Rookie coach Wes Unseld is assisted by former Magic assistant coach Pat Delany.
As I write the Washington Wizards are listed on ESPN as having some significant injury issues. Thomas Bryant, Tremont Waters and Anthony Gill are all out through injury or Covid. Rui Hachimura, Montrezl Harrell, Davis Bertans are questionable to face the Magic and will be a game time decision. Brad Wanamaker could return from Covid reconditioning periods.
The Wizards’ starting unit from their last game was Spencer Dinwiddie (PG), Bradley Beal (SG), Kyle Kuzma (PF), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SF) and Daniel Gafford (C).
From the bench came Raul Neto, Deni Avdija, Cory Kispert, Aaron Holiday, Greg Monroe and Isaiah Todd.
The Orlando Magic Injury Report
ESPN still does not make for great reading again for Game Day 42, especially as Orlando are on a back-to-back.
Wendell Carter Jr is questionable with a sore left hamstring.
Robin Lopez remains in NBA protocols for COVID-19 and is out for the game.
Markelle Fultz is out being in NBA Covid reconditioning protocols.
Jalen Suggs is out with a fractured right thumb. He is said to be progressing steadily.
E’Twaun Moore remains out with a sprained left knee.
Michael Carter-Williams is out after surgery to remove a bone fragment and repair his left ankle ligament.
Jonathan Isaac continues to be out as he rehabilitates from a left knee ACL injury that saw him miss all of last season. He is said to be making great and steady progress, but is not yet cleared for contact.
The Magic Lineup As Orlando Are On A Back-To-Back against Washington
Coach Mosely will again have decisions to make on automatic starters Wendell Carter Jr, whilst there is no injury mention overnight with regard to Cole Anthony and Franz Wagner who played last night in Detroit.
Final Thoughts As Orlando Are On A Back-To-Back against Washington
For Orlando the availability of Wendell Carter Jr is key as is the ability to bounce back from a disappointing loss to the Pistons. Franz will look to start a new scoring streak having had his 21 consecutive games of double digits snapped in Detroit. He has scored double figures in 34 of his 40 NBA games, including attaining 20-points or more on 10 occasions. Cole’s impact was clear against Philly as he returned to lead the Magic offensive efforts but he struggled to shoot the ball in Detroit making only 5 of 18 from the field. If Carter Jr does not play or there are any more missing Gary Harris, Terrence Ross and Mo Bamba will have the team expectations upon them.
Washington will rely heavily on Kyle Kuzma and Bradley Beal for their offense and have had success this season as they sit with 19 wins and 20 losses but have dropped two in a row.
The Magic weren’t expected to be in playoff contention this season, and Washington were one of those teams people thought may scrape in to the lower seedings. As mentioned before for Orlando it would be hugely beneficial to see a greater scoring contribution from the bench. RJ Hampton and Chuma Okeke must find an improvement in form, despite the disruption experienced. That being said in adversity there is an opportunity to show both potential and value. Admiral Schofield has the opportunity to continue working to become an increased factor on both ends of the floor.
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