When: Saturday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Amway Center in Orlando, Florida
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: Washington has a 61 percent chance of winning according to Kevin Broom’s Win Predictor and a 57 percent chance of winning according to FiveThirtyEight.
Wizards: Mike Scott (Out, Illness), John Wall (Out, Knee), Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles)
Magic: Aaron Gordon (Questionable, Hip), Jonathan Isaac (Out, Ankle), Terrence Ross (Out, Knee), Nikola Vucevic (Out, Hand)
What to Watch for
Can the Wizards keep it up?
Washington’s pass-happy offense has been the toast of the town this week. Over the past two games, they’re averaging 340 passes per game. The only team averaging more than over the course of the season is the 76ers, thanks largely to the unorthodox offense they run through Ben Simmons.
The extra passing is leading to better shot opportunities for everyone. They’ve averaged seven hockey assists per game over the past three games, after only averaging three per game prior to this stretch. (Many thanks to Kevin Broom for the heads-up on those numbers.)
Now the question is, can they keep it up? The Wizards haven’t handled prosperity very well this season, and they struggled in both of their wins over the Magic at home this season. A convincing win over the 14th-best team in the East won’t prove that this iteration of the team is legit, but a frustrating win or a loss would be a sobering way to close out the week.
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