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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
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Thomas is dealing with a left calf strain, and it is unknown if he will return against the Pistons on Monday.

  • Moritz Wagner

    Ankle
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Wagner sat out the last game due to a sore ankle, and it is unclear if he will suit up against the Pistons on Monday.

  • Isaac Bonga

    Head
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Bonga left the last game with a head injury, and it is unclear if he will draw back into the lineup Saturday against the Grizzlies.

  • CJ Miles

    Wrist
    out for season | out

    Miles is expected to miss the remainder of the season while recovering from surgery to repair ligament damage in his left wrist.

  • 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.

  • Ian Mahinmi

    Achilles
    Prob Sun | probable

    Mahinmi missed the last game with a right Achilles strain, but he is expected to be available against the Clippers on Sunday.

  • Thomas Bryant

    Foot
    Late Dec | out

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

  • 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.

Orlando Magic

  • Nikola Vucevic

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Vucevic is sidelined due to a right lateral ankle sprain, and it is unclear if he will return to action Sunday versus the Pelicans.

  • Markelle Fultz

    Illness
    Prob Fri | probable

    Fultz was held out of the previous game with an illness, but it is likely he will be available against the Magic on Friday.

  • Mo Bamba

    Knee
    Prob Wed | probable

    Bamba exited the previous game with a left knee contusion, but he is expected to play Wednesday versus the Lakers.

  • 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.