The Orlando Magic take on the Washington Wizards in tonight’s matchup.
Knock on wood, but the Orlando Magic are currently on a winning streak. Now that the team has found some rhythm on both offense and defense, this season is beginning to look better. Meanwhile, the Wizards dragged themselves out of a slump with a victory over the Miami Heat. Is Washington poised to disrupt the Magic’s newfound confidence or will Orlando push them further down a hole?
The Wizards are thirteenth in the Eastern Conference with a 3-9 record. They are certainly doing certain things right which could spell trouble for the Magic. Washington ranks fourth in the NBA for blocks and twelfth in steals. However, they’re absolutely atrocious when it comes to rebounding both offensively and defensively. John Wall and Bradley Beal are the two superstars on the team and if Orlando can shut just one of them down than the Wizards are bound to have a bad night.
Wall is averaging 21.8 points, 2.3 steals, 1 block, 8.1 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 45.7% field goal percentage per game. However, he’s also averaging only a 29.8% from the 3 point line and 3.8 turnovers per game. Meanwhile, Beal is putting up 22.6 points, 1 steal, 1.2 blocks, 3.7 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 47.3% field goal percentage per game. He also struggles with turnovers, averaging 2.5 per game.
On the Orlando side, the team currently is on a two-game win streak placing them in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-7 record. Their game on Friday was also against the Wizards, where they emerged victorious with a final score of 117-108. The Magic have excelled at passing the ball around since they are currently sixth in the league for assists and seventh in the league for blocks. However, they’ve also been sloppy with protecting the ball with the sixth highest turnovers this season.
One of the Orlando Magic stars, Aaron Gordon is questionable for tonight’s game which does spell trouble for the team. However, he did sit during the Knicks game and the team was still able to win without him. He’s averaged 16.3 points, 2.5 assists, 8.1 rebounds, and 46.3% field goal percentage.
Luckily, Nikola Vucevic, D.J. Augustin, and Evan Fournier will all be on the court. Vucevic has been a standout this season with 18.1 points, 1.1 steals, 1.3 blocks, 3.5 assists, and 10.9 rebounds per game. His shot percentages have also been solid with a 54.6% field goal percentage and 44% 3 point percentage. Fournier has had 16.2 points per game and 4.4 assists as a solid addition to the lineup. Augustin has a respectable 10.3 points, 4.6 assists, and 43.1% 3 point percentage per game.
Ultimately who will come out on top? Since the Orlando Magic has recently looked better and the team managed to defeat the Washington Wizards not too long ago, they seem like the safer option. If Orlando can disrupt Beal and Wall, then it won’t matter whether Gordon plays or not.
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