Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards (Jan. 1, 2020): How To Watch, Odds and Prediction

Markelle Fultz had a career night as he returned home to Washington, D.C. in an Orlando Magic win. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Markelle Fultz had a career night as he returned home to Washington, D.C. in an Orlando Magic win. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Orlando Magic tip off the 2020 calendar year trying to put a tough loss behind them and build up their playoff resume against the Washington Wizards.

Orlando Magic (14-19) vs. Washington Wizards (10-22)


6 p.m./FOX Sports Florida




$10-$378 on StubHub

2020 Season Series:

Magic 125, Wizards 121

Magic 127, Wizards 120

in Orlando on Nov. 17; in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 3; Tonight in Washington, D.C.; Jan. 8 in Orlando

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OMD Prediction

The Orlando Magic are asking themselves a lot of questions after Monday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The team largely played the defense they want to play but missed some key rotations and let go of the rope in frustration over their shooting. The team seemed to take serious how disappointing they played. The only way to prove that is on the floor. Will the Magic move the ball and keep the offense flowing? Will they stay committed defensively? This game against the Washington Wizards is something of a redemption. The Wizards will be without several key players — and possibly Bradley Beal. But this is more about the Magic. They need to play at their pace — a bit slower and methodical without outbursts off their defense — and they need to make shots.

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1) Coach Steve Clifford is putting the onus on himself to get Terrence Ross more open shots to try to spark the Orlando Magic, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes.

2) After a disappointing loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Orlando Magic are looking inward to find their playoff mentality again. The “terrible loss’ should serve as a wake-up call, Josh Robbins of The Athletic.

3) The Orlando Magic have never truly been healthy this season. And those injuries are at the root of their inconsistency. The Orlando Magic’s foundation is still getting built and remains fairly fragile.

4) Garrison Matthews was a shooter at Lipscomb. And Monday for the Washington Wizards he showed he is still just as dangerous, Ethan Smith of Wiz of Awes writes.

5) The Orlando Magic are eager to get back on the floor and put their rough loss to the Atlanta Hawks behind them, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel writes.

6) Washington Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura is expected to miss a couple of weeks with a sore groin, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post writes.

7) Spencer Henderson lists the Orlando Magic’s resolutions for 2020. Finding offense is the resolution Gerald Bourget from The Step Back has for the Magic.

8) Dwight Howard defined the Orlando Magic in the 2010s both his presence and his absence.

9) Josh Robbins of The Athletic names his All-Decade team for the Orlando Magic.

10) Mike Ferguson of Orlando Pinstriped Post looks at the best single-season statistical averages for the Orlando Magic this decade and best individual performances of the decade.

11) Luke Duffy of Hoops Habit looks back at the decade for the Orlando Magic.

12) Ben Golliver of The Washington Post looks into the future and sees how the NBA will continue to change heading toward 2030.

13) The NBA changed dramatically in the 2010s from how the game was played to how teams view players and players view themselves, Shauntel Lowe of The New York Times writes.

14) David Aldridge of The Athletic breaks down the top 25 NBA moments of the decade.

15) The Orlando Magic cannot let mild disappointment to start the season force them to waver in their rebuilding plan. They must stay patient, Omar Cabrera writes.

16) Breaking the lineup and relying on the bench continues to be a gamble for Steve Clifford and the Orlando Magic.

17) NBA executives seem to sense the Orlando Magic’s growing quandary with Evan Fournier’s future before the trade deadline.

18) Vince Carter was thankful for the support from Central Florida fans as he returned for the penultimate time on Monday, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com writes.

19) Daniel Priest of Busting Brackets reviews 10 mid-major players Draft-niks should keep an eye on.