The Washington Wizards (3-15) travel to face off against the Orlando Magic (13-5) on Friday, December 1st. This game will be played at Amway Center in Amway Center and televised on BSF. The Magic are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Wizards are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Wizards. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Wizards vs Magic
The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Washington’s most recently played the Magic and lost with a final score of 139-120. The Wizards picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 66-56.
Coming into today’s matchup, the Wizards have an overall record of 3-15 and will need to be on top of their game if they want to pull out a win, as they are +11 point underdogs. Across 18 games, the Wizards have a 2-14 record when facing Eastern Conference teams, and they have a 1-1 record in non-conference games.
Washington comes in with an overall ATS record of 8-10 so far this season. The Wizards maintain an ATS record of 7-4 on the road, while they have a 1-6 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
The Magic Are Coming Off A Win
The Magic took down the Wizards in their most recent game with a final score of 139-120. The Magic not only secured a straight-up victory in this game but also covered the spread as -10-point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 235.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
In today’s game against the Wizards, the Magic aim to continue their success with a record above .500, currently at 13-5. Away from their home court, the Magic have a 5-3 record this season, in contrast to their 8-2 record at home.
Against the spread, Orlando have an above .500 record vs. the spread sitting at 15-3 ATS. Orlando has gone 6-0 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 9-3 when playing as underdogs.
Wizards Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Wizards’ offense is rated 8th in the league in scoring, averaging 116.3 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Wizards are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 102.8 possessions per game. Washington has been effective on offense due to the fact that they not only play an up-tempo style, but they have one of the best effective field goal percentages in the league at 54%.
Magic Offense Breakdown
Through 18 games games, Orlando is averaging 114.1 points per game (14th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Magic are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.5 per contest. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 21st in fields goals made per contest.
Wizards Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Wizards will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 124.8 points per game (29th).
Washington’s defense is currently forcing 13.4 turnovers per game, which is 15th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 19th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.8 rejections per game.
Magic Team Defense
So far this season, the Magic defense has been performing well, ranking 5th in the NBA at 108.1 points allowed per contest.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Magic squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 53.6% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 35.7% from downtown.
Key Players For The Wizards And Magic
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Kyle Kuzma as the primary point contributor for the Wizards, finishing with 17 points while maintaining a 6/13 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 23.4 points per game along with 6.1 boards.
On the other side, Franz Wagner is our projected leading scorer for the Magic. We have him ending the game with a team-high 16 and grabbing 4 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 46.8%, and his scoring average is 20.2 points per game.
Wizards vs Magic Trends
- Across their last three road contests, Washington has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 124 points per game.
- Orlando has played well in their previous five home games, going 4-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 109 points per game while allowing 108. The team also performed well vs the spread at 4-1.
- As the betting underdog, the Wizards have an ATS mark of just 4-6 in their last ten games. Washington posted a straight up mark of 1-9 in these matchups.
- As the betting favorite, the Magic have an ATS record of 3-0 in their last three games. In these matchups, their straight up record was 3-0.
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +11, the Wizards is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 239 and given that our model is projecting 219 points between the teams, we like the under.
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