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Game Preview: Orlando Magic @ Washington Wizards

2013 December 2
by Andrew Melnick

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The 6-10 Orlando Magic are coming off a 109-91 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Friday night. They’ll try to get back on the right track and earn their third win in four games when they travel to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Wizards Monday night.

The Wizards, who enter the game at 8-9, defeated the Atlanta Hawks 108-101 Saturday.

The Magic rank 18th in offensive rating (103.1), 14th in defensive rating (104.8) and play at the league’s 10th-fastest pace (95.8). The Wizards are 16th in offensive rating (103.3), 16th in defensive rating (105.0) and play at the league’s 16th-fastest pace (93.7).

Tip-off from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.  is scheduled for 7:00 pm EST and will be shown locally on FS Florida and nationally on NBA TV.

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 Mike Callahan, Mark Ayotte and Josh Tiven.

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The Line: Washington – 6.0 (194.5)

Starters:

Washington Wizards

Marcin Gortat
Nene Hilario
Trevor Ariza
Martell Webster
John Wall

Orlando Magic

Nikola Vucevic
Glen Davis
Arron Afflalo
E’Twaun Moore*

Victor Oladipo

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  • Both starting point guard Jameer Nelson, who left Wednesday’s game with a sprained left foot and forward Tobias Harris, who had a set back in his return from a sprained ankle, are listed as questionable. Both players missed Friday’s game. With Nelson out, E’Twaun Moore was inserted into the starting lineup.*
  • Wizards’ veteran big man Nene has an Achilles injury, but had 13 points and 12 rebounds against the Hawks Saturday.
  • Former Florida Gator Bradley Beal has missed the last four games with a stress injury in his right leg and won’t play Monday. The  third overall pick of the 2012 draft is averaging 20.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
  • Since being dealt to the Wizards, former Magic center Marcin Gortat is averaging 13.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.
  • Forward Otto Porter, Jr., the third overall pick of the 2013 draft, remains out with a hip injury.
  • Forward Al Harrington, who spent last season with the Magic, is out with a knee injury.

Wizards Resources:

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

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