Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards - 3/14/14
Washington Wizards (33-30) at Orlando Magic (19-46)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Washington Wizards will journey to the Amway Center to battle with the Orlando Magic tonight.
The Wizards have lost three of their last five and will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss after falling to the Bobcays by 98-85 on Wednesday. John Wall bounced back from a seven-point outing in his previous game with a team-high 23 points while Bradley Beal added 18 of his own, but the Wizards just didn't have an answer for Al Jefferson who torched them for 26 points on 13 of 26 shooting. With the loss, Washington fall to 33-31 on the season which leaves them half a game behind Brooklyn for fifth place in the East standings.
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Meanwhile, the Magic have won just 10 of their last 13 games and will be looking to snap a four-game skid after losing to the Nuggets by 120-112 on Wednesday. Arron Afflalo returned to form with a team-high 24 points, Jameer Nelson added 19 while Nikola Vucevic added 20 points and 16 rebounds but they allowed the Nuggets to shoot over 51 percent from the field and outrebound them by 52-38. With the loss, Orlando fall to 19-47 on the season and a league-worst 4-30 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Wizards are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Magic are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Wizards are 7-1-1 ATS in the last nine meetings overall and 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Orlando.
I'm looking for the Wizards to bounce back from their mini slump with a win here, but I won't be making my official pick until the line comes out for this game so please check back later for my free pick.
Washington has opened as slight favorites as visitors in this one and that's where I'm leaning.