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Wizards vs. Magic preview: Washington opens homestand looking for redemption against Orlando

NBA: Washington Wizards at Orlando Magic Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Monday, November 12 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: None

Magic: Jonathan Issac (Out, Ankle), Timofey Mozgov (Out, Knee)

What to Watch for

Can the Wizards finally take advantage of a good opportunity?

Washington hasn’t been well known for taking advantage of the opportunities in front of them, but this five-game homestand gives them a chance to make up some ground after a slow start to the season. They play their next five games at home, including three against teams with losing records. The two against teams with winning records are attainable as well. The Blazers will still be jet-lagged after traveling from Minnesota on Friday night to play an early tip on Sunday, and the Clippers will be on the second night of a back-to-back.

The Wizards need to strike now to build up some cushion here because it gets daunting real quick after this homestand. After those five games, they play against the Raptors, 76ers, Rockets, and twice against the Pelicans. So if Washington can’t make the most of this stretch, it’s going to be even harder to make up ground the rest of the month.

Will the Wizards give up 63 in a half again?

You wouldn’t think this should be an issue when the Wizards are facing the third-worst offense in the league, but if it can happen once, it can happen again.

A random moment in Wizards - Magic history: Gilbert Arenas scored 31 against the Magic in 2010

Less than a month after this game, Arenas was a member of the Magic.