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Wizards vs. Magic preview: Washington hosts slumping Orlando squad

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NBA: Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Saturday, December 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: Washington has a 68 percent chance of winning according to a Kevin Broom’s Win Predictor and an 82 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Injury Report

Wizards: Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles)

Magic: Evan Fournier (Doubtful, Ankle), Aaron Gordon (Doubtful, Calf), Jonathan Isaac (Doubtful, Ankle), Terrence Ross (Out, Knee)

What to Watch for

Can the Wizards take advantage of a struggling team?

After starting the season 8-4, the Magic have lost 18 of their last 21 games, including a 111-97 loss to the Pelicans on Friday. Once the league figured out how to guard their spread attack, they’ve struggled to find success on either end. Since the start of November, they have the third-worst offense and the worst defense in the league. To make things worse, they could be missing their top two scorers and four of their top nine on Saturday, depending on who is healthy enough to suit up.

The Magic are in a compromised position and the Wizards should be eager to put together a strong game after Friday’s embarrassing loss in Brooklyn. Everything is shaping up for the Wizards to win this one with ease, but we all know that’s easier said than done.

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