The Orlando Magic won their second consecutive game with a 119-89 victory over the Detroit Pistons Monday night. They’ll look to make it three in a row when they take on the Washington Wizards Tuesday night. The Wizards snapped a five-game winning streak with a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats Monday night, improving their record to 13-44. The Magic enter with a record of 34-23.
These two teams have met three times this season and the Magic have posted a 3-0 record. Back on January 4, the Magic defeated the Wizards 103-85 in Orlando behind 28 points and 20 rebounds from Dwight Howard. They met again in Orlando on February 1 and the Magic outscored the Wizards 109-103. Howard and Ryan Anderson each had 23 points. Then on February 29 in Washington, the Magic defeated the Wizards 102-95 powered by Anderson’s 23 points and 15 rebounds.
The Magic enter the game ranked 15th in offensive efficiency (105.2), 11th in defensive efficiency (103.1) and play at the league’s third-slowest pace (89.1). The Wizards are 26th in offenseive efficiency (101.0) and 25rd in defensive rating (107.9). They play at the league’s seventh-fastest pace (92.6).
Tip-off from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST. The game will be shown locally on FS Florida.
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.
The officials for tonight’s game are Monty McCutchen, Tony Brown and Scott Twardoski.
The Line: Orlando – 5.5 (195u)
*Dwight Howard remains out with back spasms.
Both Nene and Trevor Booker are out with left plantar fascitis for the Wizards. Andray Blatche (strained left calf/conditioning) and Rashard Lewis (bone bruise in left knee) are also out.
The Wizards dealt both center JaVale McGee and wing Nick Young just before the trade deadline. It didn’t yield much of a return, at least not this season because Nene, who the Wizards received in exchange for McGee wound up with plantar fascitis. That means the Wizards won’t really be able to expose the weakened front court of the Magic, who likely won’t have Dwight Howard.
However, Glen Davis has done an excellent job of filling in for Howard. Davis has started the last five games and has averaged 20.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
Chris Duhon should return to his duties as the backup point guard after a one game suspension.Per Dante Marchitelli, Ish Smith will be the first point guard off of the bench.
- John Wall has the quickness to give Duhon and Nelson a lot of trouble. Wall has averaged just 16.3 points per game against the Magic this season, but scored 33 points in the last meeting.
- Former Magic players Brian Cook, Maurice Evans and Rashard Lewis are all on the Wizards’ roster, but Evans doesn’t play and Cook only sees limited minutes.
(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider (http://ESPNFlorida.com) and is the co-host of the ESPNFlorida.com Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. 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)
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