The Orlando Magic will attempt to sweep Washington play host to the Wizards in their final game before the All-Star break.
Both of these teams are coming off much needed wins. The Magic defeated the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, winning for the third time in four games. The Wizards won their first road game of the season when they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday.
On opening night, the Magic destroyed the Wizards 112-83. On November 27 in Washington, the Magic got a put-back from Dwight Howard with four seconds left to earn a 100-99 win. Gilbert Arenas, then playing for the Wizards, scored 31 points. On February 4, the two teams again met in Washington with the Magic winning 110-92.
Dwight Howard has averaged 25.7 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in those three games.
The Wizards are 11th in pace (93.2), 27th in offensive rating (102.9) and 20th in defensive rating (109.4).
The game will be shown locally on Sun Sports. As always, if you can’t watch the game, you can listen on the radio – in English on AM 580 WDBO and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.
Tip off from the the Amway Center is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST.
The Line: Orlando – 12.0 (-110), 199u
Former Magic forward Rashard Lewis is out with right knee tendinitis while forward Al Thornton is suffering from a dislocated right middle finger.
Daniel Orton (left knee surgery) is out indefinitely.
The officials will be Joe Crawford, Tony Brown and Leon Wood.
Opponent To Watch: Andray Blatche, F – Clearly, it’s been a rough go of it for the Wizards against the Magic this season and Blatche, who is Washington’s second leading scorer may have had the toughest time. The big man is averaging just 8.7 points per game on 37.0% shooting in three games against the Magic. With Brandon Bass still a little banged up, Blatche has to be at least somewhat productive if the Wizards expect to have any chance to win this game.
What To Watch For: This is the type of game teams like the Magic just don’t lose. The Wizards have won on the road just one time this season and that was against the dreadful Cleveland Cavaliers. It’d be nice for the Magic to build off Sunday’s big win and cruise to victory, giving them confidence heading into the break. The Magic have done a good job of shutting down Blatche, Nick Young and John Wall this season. Unfortunately, it looks like Rashard Lewis won’t play so Magic fans can’t give him the ovation he deserves.
(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger and ESPN 1080′s Magic Insider (http://espn1080.com). Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here).
Topics: Al Thornton, Andray Blatche, Brandon Bass, Dwight Howard, Earl Clark, Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu, J.j. Redick, Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson, Javalle Mcgee, John Wall, Nick Young, Orlando Magic, Rashard Lewis, Ryan Anderson, Trevor Booker, Washington Wizards