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[BKL] Jan 12, 2018

NBA Betting Preview: Magic at Wizards

By Gracenote

Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards (-10.5; 218.5)

The Washington Wizards have struggled at times to put away seemingly inferior teams, a scenario that popped up again with a loss to the reeling Utah Jazz at home. The Wizards will try to bounce back and earn their first win of a five-game homestand when they host the Orlando Magic on Friday.

The 107-104 loss to the Jazz left Washington - which tied a season high with 23 turnovers - with an 11-10 mark against sub-.500 teams, compared to 12-8 against stiffer competition. Despite the woes against lesser teams, Washington had no issues in its first meeting with Orlando, topping the Magic 130-103 on Dec. 23 in its best offensive effort of the season. That was part of a 1-15 slide for Orlando, which will be trying to salvage the finale of a three-game road trip.

ABOUT THE MAGIC (12-30): Orlando had to rely on its reserves for a fourth-quarter push that made Wednesday's 110-103 loss at Milwaukee a bit more respectable, as leading scorer Aaron Gordon was 4-for-18 from the floor and the Magic were outrebounded by 12. Gordon and second-leading scorer Evan Fournier - who had 21 points versus the Bucks - both missed the first visit to Washington with injuries.

ABOUT THE WIZARDS (23-18): Washington had three days off following a loss to Milwaukee in the opener of the homestand and opened a 12-point lead on Utah before straying from the game plan. John Wall stuffed the stat sheet against the Jazz with 35 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and three steals while committing eight of the team's 23 turnovers.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Seven Wizards scored in double figures while Magic G Elfrid Payton had a career-high 30 points in the first meeting.

2. Orlando F Jonathon Simmons is 15-for-59 from the field over his last seven games.

3. Wall needs five points to become the fourth player in franchise history with 10,000 for his career.
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