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Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards Preview and Predictions 12-03-2019


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.

BUZZER BEATERS

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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Last Injuries

Washington Wizards

  • Isaiah Thomas

    Calf
    Out Fri | out

    Thomas sat out the previous game with a left calf strain, and it will prevent him from playing Friday against the Heat.

  • Ian Mahinmi

    Achilles
    Out Fri | out

    Mahinmi is tending to an Achilles injury and will not be available for Friday's contest against the Heat.

  • CJ Miles

    Wrist
    Out indefinitely | out

    Miles is recovering from surgery to repair ligament damage in his left wrist, and there is currently no timetable for return.

  • Jordan McRae

    Finger
    Late 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.

  • Troy Brown Jr.

    Foot
    Prob Fri | probable

    Brown Jr. has a right foot stress reaction but is expected to take the court against the Heat on Friday.

  • Thomas Bryant

    Foot
    Late Dec | out

    Bryant is projected to miss at least three weeks due to a stress reaction in his right foot.

  • Moritz Wagner

    Ankle
    Prob 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.

  • Ian Mahinmi

    Achilles
    Prob 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.

Orlando Magic

  • Kyle O'Quinn

    Calf
    Out indefinitely | out

    O'Quinn is sidelined due to a left calf strain, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Michael Carter-Williams

    Nose
    Prob 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.

  • Al-Farouq Aminu

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | out

    Aminu sustained a torn meniscus in his right knee, and he will miss an extended period.

  • Evan Fournier

    Knee
    Prob Tues | probable

    Fournier is dealing with a hyperextended knee, but he is expected to be in Tuesday's lineup versus the Wizards.

  • Michael Carter-Williams

    Hip
    Prob Tues | probable

    Carter-Williams is sidelined with a left hip irritation but is projected to participate in Tuesday's matchup against the Wizards.

  • Aaron Gordon

    Ankle
    Prob 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.