The Orlando Magic close their season-long homestand against the Washington Wizards, hoping to build off recent victories and build momentum for the road.
Washington Wizards (3-7) vs. Orlando Magic (5-7)
Time/TV: 6 p.m./FOX Sports Florida
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The Action Network’s Line: Magic by 7
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2020 Season Series: Tonight in Orlando; Dec. 3 in Washington, D.C.; Jan. 1 in Washington, D.C.; Jan. 8 in Orlando
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The story with the Washington Wizards to start the season has been their offense. They score a lot of points and have a lot of guys who can score quickly. Bradley Beal is one of the very best in the league and Isaiah Thomas is starting to look like a healthy version of himself again. The Wizards will put stress on teams with their pace and their ability to shoot from the outside. The Orlando Magic are the opposite of that — strong defensively and hunting for offensive consistency. This game will be an interesting clash of styles. The Wizards will give up as many points as they score. Orlando has to be sharper on defense and limit its turnovers. But the Magic have shown they can lock down long enough. And their offense has started to come around.
1) Throughout his career, Aaron Gordon’s shooting has been the biggest focus. Extra sessions have helped him continue to fine-tune his craft, Stephen Ruiz of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
2) Al-Farouq Aminu did what a pro does, stepping up back into the rotation after an injury and showing his value, Josh Robbins of The Athletic writes. Aminu was the next man up in Friday’s win, Aaron Goldstone of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes.
3) Evan Fournier has regained his confidence and his rhythm after a rough season last year, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes.
5) Jonathan Isaac is one of the pleasant surprises of the early season, Dan Devine of The Ringer writes.
6) The Orlando Magic’s defense has been slipping in recent games as coach Steve Clifford looks to regain the team’s physicality and focus.
7) The Orlando Magic will find it difficult to succeed with no workable offense even with an elite defense, Zach Kram of The Ringer writes.
8) Mo Wagner has the scars for his hustle and hard work as he has made a big impact for the Washington Wizards early this season, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post writes.
9) Benjamin Mehic of Bullets Forever writes that Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks cannot lose sight of the team’s main goal this season — player development.
11) The Orlando Magic showed their resiliency in defeating the San Antonio Spurs, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
13) The Orlando Magic’s City Edition jerseys are here and they are not as loud as e thought they would be.