Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards
NBA: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia at 7:00 PM ET, Friday, January 12, 2018
Line: Washington -10.5
The Washington Wizards host the struggling Orlando Magic from the Capital One Arena on Friday night. Both teams are coming into this game on the back of losses in their previous games: the Wizards to Utah, and the Magic to Milwaukee.
Magic’s funkier season
The Orlando Magic have had to deal with several problems. In the last couple of seasons, though, personnel has been their biggest issue. They’ve lost several key components of their team, and they just don’t seem to have enough depth to compete.
They were beaten for the 30th time in the season – by the Milwaukee Bucks 110-103 in the previous game – and we’re only halfway through. Evan Fournier scored 21 points, while Aaron Gordon felt the winter, making just 4 of 18 shots en route to 11 points. “I think we’re fighting. I think we’re playing hard,” coach Frank Vogel said. “We’re just not a very good basketball team right now. We got to fight and execute.”
Lose for a high draft pick? “I’m trying to build a winning culture, winning habits. And that’s my only focus,” Vogel said.
Wizards lose to Jazz again
Maybe a four-game winning streak took just too much out of them. Maybe their offense just went cold. Maybe the Milwaukee Bucks and the Utah Jazz were too good. Either way, the Washington Wizards have fallen to two tight losses on the bounce to move to 23-18 for the season.
The Wizards had 23 turnovers, their joint most in the season. John Wall had 35 points with 11 assists, but also committed 8 turnovers. Bradley Beal scored 23 points. The Wizards took a four-point lead into halftime, but were outclassed in the third quarter 37-27.
“It was good in the first half, in that third quarter, and then the last two minutes we made so many mistakes. It cannot happen,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.
Orlando Magic are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
- 0-7 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southeast.
Washington Wizards are:
- No key trends
Do the Magic have the morale, the confidence, the personnel, the skill or the class to take out the Wizards? In sport, you never know, but it’s hard to see the Wizards struggling against this not-so magical team.