The Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards will face off for the first of two straight against each other Wednesday night.
The Washington Wizards are surprisingly coming off a win, as the team downed the Detroit Pistons on the road on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Magic come into this game at 12-5, a seven-game win streak and the best against-the-spread record in the NBA.
Orlando, led by Paolo Banchero (19.8 points per game), is looking to make quick work of a Washington team that has not been able to defend at a high level this season.
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Here’s a look at the latest odds and my best bet for this matchup:
Wizards vs. Magic odds, spread and total
Wizards vs. Magic how to watch
- Date: Wednesday, Nov. 29
- Game Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
- Venue: Amway Center
- How to Watch (TV): Bally Sports Florida, Monumental Sports Network
- Wizards Record: 3-14
- Magic Record: 12-5
Wizards vs. Magic injury reports
Wizards injury report
- Ryan Rollins – out
- Delon Wright – out
Magic injury report
- Wendell Carter Jr. – out
- Markelle Fultz – out
- Kevon Harris – out
- Jett Howard – out
- Jonathan Isaac – questionable
- Trevelin Queen – out
Wizards vs. Magic key players to watch
Jordan Poole: The Jordan Poole experience is – something.
Poole’s nonchalant playstyle can make for some great highlights, but it also has some amazing lowlights. All in all, he is shooting just 39.7 percent from the field and 28.0 percent from three this season.
I mean, you are going to get both ends of the spectrum.
What a rollercoaster it is to be a Washington fan.
Paolo Banchero: The reigning Rookie of the Year, Paolo Banchero comes into this matchup red hot, scoring 23 or more points in five straight games. On the season, he is averaging 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
Wizards vs. Magic prediction and pick
This may seem like a no-brainer to take Orlando, but there is more than just the ATS records that are worth looking at.
Sure, Orlando is 14-3 against the spread overall and 3-0 as a home favorite, but Washington has been surprisingly solid as road underdogs, going 7-3 ATS in the 2024 campaign.
The reason I love Orlando in this game comes at the defensive end of the floor. The Magic and their length have been a nightmare for opposing teams. And Orlando ranks No. 2 in the NBA in defensive rating.
This is a massive difference compared to Washington (28th in defensive rating). The Wizards want to push the ball, but they are disinterested in defending the basket. I expect Orlando to have no issues getting what it wants on offense, but things will not come as easily for Washington.
I will lay the points with the Magic at home, where they are 7-2 straight up this season.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.