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Washington Wizards vs. Orlando Magic Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021

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Washington vs. Orlando Recap APR 7TH 2021

Jeff Green scored 24 points, including the go-ahead bucket in the final minute, and the Washington Wizards escaped Orlando with a 95-91 win over the Magic Friday night.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 27 points -- the final two to tie the game with 76 seconds remaining -- and added six rebounds and seven assists,

Washington is 8-5 since losing John Wall in December. The Wizards improved to 6-2 in games on the second night of a back-to-back this season.

Nikola Vucevic led all scorers with 28 points to go along with nine rebounds for the Magic. Aaron Gordon added 22 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Orlando has lost five of its last six games.

The Wizards held an 18-point late in the third quarter, but Orlando mounted a comeback and had its chances late.

Vucevic gave Orlando a 91-89 lead with 1:37 left to play, the Magic's first lead since early in the second quarter. But Beal tied the game with an emphatic dunk at the other end. Green then scored the go-ahead basket, a driving layup with 42.8 seconds left to play.

The Magic had a chance to tie with under 10 seconds to go when they forced a turnover that led to a fast break at the other end, but Vucevic mishandled a pass from D.J. Augustin. Two Trevor Ariza free throws ensured the victory.

The Wizards led 73-55 with 4:21 left in the third quarter, but Orlando ended the period on a 14-2 run. Terrence Ross nailed a 3-pointer in the final seconds to cut Washington's lead to 75-69 at the end of the third.

Ross then scored the first five points of the fourth quarter, trimming the Wizards' lead to one with 10:55 left to play. Ross had 16 points off the bench, all of which came in the second half.

Washington took control of the game in the second quarter and held a commanding 50-38 lead at halftime.

The Wizards trailed 29-26 early in the second quarter before outscoring Orlando 24-9 the remainder of the half. The run concluded with a string of five 3-pointers by Washington.

The Wizards went 9-for-15 from beyond the arc in the first half, and made 6 of 8 attempts in the second quarter. On the other hand, the Magic went just 3-for-21.

Both teams travel to Texas this weekend for a couple of Sunday games. Orlando plays Houston, and Washington goes up against San Antonio.

--Field Level Media


After being ravaged by injuries and illness on a five-game trip, the Orlando Magic return home Wednesday night to play the Washington Wizards.

Sunday, the shorthanded Magic were on the way to defeating the Denver Nuggets before letting an 18-point first-half lead slip away in a 119-109 loss.

"It was definitely fun to see those guys and compete against those guys," said rookie R.J. Hampton, who played against his former team for the first time since being dealt from Denver to Orlando with Gary Harris and a future first-round draft pick for Aaron Gordon. "They're a great basketball team."

Hampton scored 16 points against the Nuggets, but Gordon countered with 24 points to lead Denver, which outscored Orlando 72-44 in the second half.

Still, the Magic picked up wins over the Clippers and Pelicans on their 2-3 trip and hung tough in a three-point loss to the Lakers as they continue to evaluate their younger, revamped roster post-NBA trade deadline.

Orlando is 2-4 since dealing Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier in separate deals to acquire Otto Porter Jr., Wendell Carter Jr., and two future first-round draft picks.

Porter Jr. (left-foot injury) and Harris (strained left abductor) were among several Orlando players sidelined against the Nuggets. Cole Anthony (ribs), Michael Carter-Williams (illness), Karim Mane (hamstring) and Markelle Fultz (torn ACL in left knee) also were out.

"It's like nothing I've ever been through before as a head coach or an assistant," Magic coach Steve Clifford said.

The Wizards, meantime, hope to have Bradley Beal, the NBA's leading scorer at 31.3 points per game, back in their starting lineup Wednesday when they play the second game of their six-game road trip.

Without Beal on Monday night, the Wizards cooled off after a hot-shooting start and blew a 19-point, second-half lead in a 103-101 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Tampa.

Beal warmed up before the game but ended up missing his fifth consecutive game due to a right-hip contusion, and Washington lost its fourth in a row. Daniel Gafford also was out for the fourth consecutive game with a right-ankle sprain and Rui Hachimura missed his second game in a row with right-shoulder tightness on Monday.

Russell Westbrook led Washington with 23 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his 19th triple-double of the season, although he made just nine of 25 shots. Davis Bertans, whom Wizards coach Scott Brooks said was on a minutes restriction in his second game back from a calf strain, had 17 points and shot 5-for-8 from 3-point range.

Teammate Garrison Mathews came off the bench and hit four 3-pointers, scoring 17 points.

"They get shots when the ball gets to them, and we'll continue to make the plays as the game goes along," Brooks said. "But we're not running around trying to find, get them open shots. So whenever they get their shots, they'll get them. And then they'll shoot them."

But Washington finished 12-of-35 from 3-point range, missing 14 of its final 15 attempts.

"Couldn't make shots, simple as that," Brooks said. "I don't know what we were from three in the second half, but it wasn't like the first half."

In the only other meetings of the Magic and Wizards this season, Orlando swept a back-to-back on Dec. 26-27, despite Beal scoring 39 and 29 points in Washington, D.C.

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

Orlando Magic

  • James Ennis III

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Ennis III has missed the last two games due to right calf soreness, and it is unknown if he will dress for Thursday's tilt with the Pelicans.

  • Terrence Ross

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Ross has sat out the last two contests with back spasms, and it remains to be seen if he will face the Pelicans on Thursday.

  • Michael Carter-Williams

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Carter-Williams has sat out the last three games with a left ankle sprain, and it is undetermined if he will be available Thursday versus the Pelicans.

  • Mo Bamba

    Prob Sun | probable

    Bamba has missed the previous two games due to a left hip contusion, but it is anticipated that he will suit up against the Rockets on Sunday.

  • Evan Fournier

    Out indefinitely | out

    Fournier is out of the lineup while going through the NBA's health and safety protocols, and there is no timetable for his return to action.

  • Chuma Okeke

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Okeke is nursing a sore right hip, leaving his status for Wednesday's contest versus the Bulls clouded.

  • Chuma Okeke

    Prob Mon | probable

    Okeke was held out of the last game due to right hip soreness, but it is likely that he will take the court against the Spurs on Monday.

  • Karim Mane

    Out indefinitely | out

    Mane is sidelined due to right hamstring soreness, and it has yet to be determined when he will return.

Washington Wizards

  • Rui Hachimura

    Out Wed | out

    Hachimura was absent from the previous contest due to left knee soreness, and he will not suit up for Wednesday's battle with the Warriors.

  • Troy Brown Jr.

    Doub Wed | doubtful

    Brown Jr. is hindered by a left ankle sprain, and it is unlikely that he will face the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

  • Davis Bertans

    Prob Mon | probable

    Bertans has missed the previous two contests due to a personal issue, but it is likely that he will be available Monday versus the Thunder.

  • Bradley Beal

    Prob Mon | probable

    Beal missed the previous game with a back injury, but it is likely that he will take on the Jazz on Monday.

  • Davis Bertans

    Out Sat | out

    Bertans will not be available for Saturday's contest against the Suns as he will receive a day of rest.

  • Rui Hachimura

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Hachimura has been held out of the previous three games with right shoulder tightness, and it is uncertain if he will line up against the Warriors on Friday.

  • Bradley Beal

    Prob Fri | probable

    Beal is bothered by a right hip contusion, but it is likely that he will suit up for Friday's contest versus the Warriors.