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Game Preview: Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic

2013 March 29
by Andrew Melnick

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After another loss, this time at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats, the Orlando Magic will return to the court Friday night when they take on the Washington Wizards.

The Magic enter with a record of 18-54, second worst in the league, while the Wizards are 26-45.

This will be the fourth meeting between these two teams. On December 19 in Orlando, the Magic defeated the Wizards 90-83. Nine days later the teams met in D.C. and the Wizards came away with a 105-97 victory behind 27 points from Jordan Crawford (Crawford is now a member of the Boston Celtics). Led by Emeka Okafor’s 19 points and 12 rebounds, the Wizards again defeated the Magic at the Verizon Center, 120-91. Nikola Vucevic had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Magic.

The Magic rank 26th in offensive rating (99.5), 26th in defensive rating (107.0) and play at the league’s 15th-fastest pace (94.33). The Wizards are last in offensive rating (97.5), seventh in defensive rating (100.2) and play at the league’s 14th-fastest pace (94.36).

Tip-off from the Amway Center is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST and 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 FM 96.5 and in Spanish on AM 1270 WRLZ.

The officials for tonight’s game are Bennett Salvatore, Mark Ayotte and Brent Barnaky.

The Line: Washington -3.5 (197u)

Starters:

Washington Wizards

Emeka Okafor
Trevor Booker
Chris Singleton
Garrett Temple
John Wall

Orlando Magic

Kyle O’Quinn#
Tobias Harris
Maurice Harkless
DeQuan Jones
Jameer Nelson

  • The Wizards have several injuries. Big man Nene (sore knee/wrist/shoulder), forward Trevor Ariza (flu), guard Bradley Beal (ankle), big man Jason Collins (flu) and guard A.J. Price (sore right groin) all missed Wednesday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Martell Webster (strained abdominal) is out indefinitely while Leandro Barbosa (left knee surgery) is out for the season.
  • Nikola Vucevivc (concussion) and Andrew Nicholson and (ankle) did not make the trip to Charlotte Wednesday.

Wizards Resources:

Bullets Forever
Truth About It
Wiz of Awes
Washington Post
Washington Wizards Blog

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