Wizards vs. Magic Preview: Can the Wizards go above .500 for the second time in John Wall's career?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It's been a tough couple of days since Nene was injured last Sunday. But life goes on. Tonight, the 17-41 Orlando Magic come to town.

While the Wizards have been able to beat the Thunder, Heat, and Blazers by double digits at home this season, this same team has lost at home to the Sixers, twice to the Cavaliers, the Pistons, the Bucks, and Nuggets - all teams that don't figure to be in the playoff picture.

The Magic last came to Verizon Center on December 2 (the Wizards won handily, 98-80), but this is another day.

Where and when? The game is at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center. You can watch the game on Comcast SportsNet

Are they good? No.

Who's out? For the Wizards, Nene and Kevin Seraphin will be out. For Orlando, the Magic's leading scorer, Aaron Afflalo will likely be out due to a sprained ankle. They'll also be without Glen Davis because they bought him out of his contract at the end of last week, and he later signed with the Clippers.

What are they good at? The Magic's defensive field goal percentage is 14th, and their defensive rating is 17th. With Nene and Seraphin out, there also is a higher chance that the Wizards could have an off day shooting and that is something that could play in Orlando's favor.

In terms of personnel, while Afflalo will probably not be playing tonight, rookie guard Victor Oladipo has shown some good flashes throughout the season, including a 30 point, 14 assist, and nine rebound performance last Saturday in a win over the New York Knicks. Nikola Vucevic is also a double-double machine and could give the Wizards some fits when it comes to the rebounding values. Last but not least at the point guard position, John Wall should have the upper hand on Jameer Nelson.

What are they bad at? Almost everything else.

Who's going to win? I'll say that the Wizards should ultimately win this game, even without Nene and Seraphin. However, they had better not write the Magic off as an afterthought or you can add this game to an already large list of disappointing home losses that the Wizards already have on their resumé.

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