The Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards meet Friday in NBA action at the Capital One Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Orlando Magic are averaging 111.8 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 114.2 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Paolo Banchero is averaging 19.8 points and 3.7 assists, while Franz Wagner is averaging 18.7 points and 4.1 rebounds. Wendell Carter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Markelle Fultz is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game.
The Washington Wizards are averaging 112.9 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 113.8 points on 47 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.2 points and 3.9 rebounds, while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 23 points and 2.6 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer, and Monte Morris is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game.
The Magic are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wizards are 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 Friday games and 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Magic last 6 overall. The Magic are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Washington and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Orlando Magic have been road warriors all season in terms of covering numbers, and they've covered 7 straight overall. That free bucket is appealing. However, the Washington Wizards are coming off an impressive showing against the Celtics, and they're only 2 games out of the play-in tournament. Must win game for the Wizards. No excuses really. I'll lay the bucket with the home team.