Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards, 7 p.m.

Viewing Information: TV: Fox Sports Florida Radio: AM 580 WDBO Spanish Radio: 1030 WONQ Previous Meetings: Magic 106, Wizards 81, Nov. 8 Magic 105, Wizards 90, Nov. 27 Magic 89, Wizards 80, Jan. 6 Quick Thoughts: Two days after clinching a playoff birth for the third consecutive season, the Magic find themselves preparing to take on another sub-par NBA team. As a fan, you have to hate games like this because it’s on the road, you know the Wizards are awful and you know the Magic should win easily. The Magic are only 1 1/2 games behind Boston for second place in the Eastern Conference, at this point in the year it doesn’t matter who the wins are coming against, it just matters that they’re wins. It doesn’t look like the Magic have much of a chance of catching Cleveland for the No. 1 seed with the way the Cavs have been playing, but if they can host a second round playoff series I think the chances of knocking off the Celtics increase dramatically. The Wizards haven’t given the Magic much resistence in the three meetings this season, and Washington’s lack of an inside presence has paved the way for Dwight Howard to dominate. Hedo Turkoglu is listed as a game-time decision, but if I had to take a guess I would say he’ll be taking the night off. Key Figures: 6: The number of points the Wizards scored in the second quarter of the Jan. 6 match-up. The quarter was one of the finest defensive showings by the Magic this season. 24, 15.3: Dwight Howard’s average points and rebounds per game in the three meetings against the Wizards this season. 13: The number of games the Magic needs to win to clinch the second 60-win season in franchise history. With 18 games left on the schedule, and only seven of them against teams with over .500 records, I think this is a very reachable goal. 20: The minimum number of minutes Marcin Gortat has played during the last three games. During Orlando’s previous 61 games Gortat played more than 20 minutes only three times. Additional Notes (Courtesy of the Magic): ** Orlando is 51-28 all-time vs. Washington (31-9 at home, 20-19 on the road) during regular season action, including 3-0 this season. ** Orlando has won 10 of the last 14 meetings with Washington. ** Orlando has won 12 of the last 15 games at home and seven of the last 11 at Washington. ** J.J. Redick went to Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Va.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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