Washington Wizards vs Orlando Magic Preview
Brad Beal drives on Kings guard Buddy Hield in a hard fought win over Sacramento Monday night
Washington Wizards (28-39) vs Orlando Magic (31-37) When: Wednesday , March 13th at 7p.m. Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. TV: NBC Sports Washington, FSFL/ Radio: FM 96.9 The Game, 1500 AM Injury Wizards: Dwight Howard (Day to Day/ Back), John Wall (Out for the season/ Haglund’s deformity and chronic Achilles tendon injury) Magic: Mo Bamba ( Out/ Left Tibia Fracture), Isaiah Briscoe (Out/ Torn Meniscus), Markelle Fultz (Out/ Shoulder,Wrist), Aaron Gordon (Day to Day/ Ribs), Timofey Mozgov (Out/Knee)
Wizards - 114.6 - points per game 117.2 - points against 47.0 - Field goal % Magic - 105.8 - points per game 106.8 - points against 45.1 - field goal %
Keep an eye on: Nikola Vucevic - Has quietly emerged as one of best centers in the NBA and was rewarded as a first time all star. Averaging 20.7 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assist on 52 percent shooting from the field, 38 percent shooting from deep and 77 percent shooting from the line, Vucevic puts pressure on opposing defenses in many ways due to his all around efficient play. Washington has been seeing stellar play from center Bobby Portis on both ends. For the Wizards to be in a position to win, Portis must have the same exact performance he did against another talented all star center in Karl Anthony Towns when he matches up with Vucevic or Washington will more than likely suffer a loss they can’t afford to have. Magic’s Ast/Turnover: Orlando is among the top teams in the league in moving and taking care of the ball. The Magic rank tenth in the NBA in assist, averaging 25 per game while only averaging 13.5 turnovers per game, ranking seventh in the NBA. Washington must put together a complete game defensively where remain disciplined, yet, still are active with their customary turnover forcing swarms on defense. The Wizards average 8.6 steals per game (5th in the NBA) and it’s an aspect of their defense they don’t get enough credit for. However that will be put to the test tonight.