One of the highest-scoring teams in the Eastern Conference takes on the lowest when the Washington Wizards host the Orlando Magic on Tuesday. The game will feature a contrast in styles as the Wizards run it up the floor while the Magic slow the pace, limiting opponents to an East-low 101.9 points.
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Washington is second in the East in scoring offense (118.8 points) but last in scoring defense (122.7) and was crushed 150-125 on Sunday night at the Los Angeles Clippers to finish off a four-game road trip. The Wizards allowed the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers to average 131 points while going 1-3 on the trip and watched the Clippers score at least 34 points in each quarter while shooting 55.3 percent from the floor in Sunday's setback. The Magic are last in the NBA in scoring average (101.3 points) but can make up for that on the defensive end at times and held the Golden State Warriors to 39.6 percent form the floor in a 100-96 victory on Sunday. Anchoring that defense is power forward Jonathan Isaac, who recorded five blocks on Sunday to go with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Florida (Orlando), NBCS Washington
ABOUT THE MAGIC (8-11): Carrying the team offensively while All-Star center Nikola Vucevic (ankle) recovers from injury is shooting guard Evan Fournier, who broke out for a season-high 32 points on 13-of-21 shooting - 6-of-10 from beyond the arc - in Sunday's win. Fournier left the game briefly in the first quarter after hyperextending his right knee but fought through and provided the key basket down the stretch with a driving layup. "Evan is a warrior," Isaac told reporters. "I already knew when he got back up (from the injury) and sat back down (on the bench) instead of going straight to the locker room that he was OK. If we had lost him, it would have been a blow to us, absolutely."
ABOUT THE WIZARDS (6-12): Sunday marked the eighth time this season that Washington allowed at least 125 points and the third time the team lost when scoring at least 125. All-Star guard Bradley Beal is doing his best to lead the team and collected 23 points and 11 assists on Sunday but is showing some frustration and drew a technical foul after jawing at officials. The Wizards did get a positive on Sunday from the play of rookie forward Rui Hachimura, who scored a season-high 30 points on 13-of-23 shooting and added nine rebounds.
1. Wizards F Moritz Wagner (ankle) sat out Sunday and is day-to-day.
2. Magic SF Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) is out indefinitely.
3. Fournier scored 25 points in a 125-121 home win over Washington on Nov. 17.
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Key Players to Watch
- CalfOut Fri | out
Thomas sat out the previous game with a left calf strain, and it will prevent him from playing Friday against the Heat.
- AchillesOut Fri | out
Mahinmi is tending to an Achilles injury and will not be available for Friday's contest against the Heat.
- WristOut indefinitely | out
Miles is recovering from surgery to repair ligament damage in his left wrist, and there is currently no timetable for return.
- FingerLate Dec | out
McRae had a pin extracted from his right ring finger and is likely to be out of the lineup for at least two weeks.
- FootProb Fri | probable
Brown Jr. has a right foot stress reaction but is expected to take the court against the Heat on Friday.
- FootLate Dec | out
Bryant is projected to miss at least three weeks due to a stress reaction in his right foot.
- AnkleProb Thurs | probable
Wagner has been held out of the past two games with a sprained left ankle, but he is expected to be available against the 76ers on Thursday.
- AchillesProb Thurs | probable
Mahinmi has been out all season due to a strained right Achilles tendon, but he is projected to make his season debut Thursday against the 76ers.
- CalfOut indefinitely | out
O'Quinn is sidelined due to a left calf strain, and there is no timetable for recovery.
- NoseProb Fri | probable
Carter-Williams sat out the last game due to a nasal contusion, but it is likely that he will suit up Friday versus the Cavaliers.
- KneeOut indefinitely | out
Aminu sustained a torn meniscus in his right knee, and he will miss an extended period.
- KneeProb Tues | probable
Fournier is dealing with a hyperextended knee, but he is expected to be in Tuesday's lineup versus the Wizards.
- HipProb Tues | probable
Carter-Williams is sidelined with a left hip irritation but is projected to participate in Tuesday's matchup against the Wizards.
- AnkleProb Fri | probable
Gordon has sat out the previous three games with right ankle contusion, but is expected to draw back into the lineup Friday versus the Raptors.