When: Wednesday, April 11 at 8 p.m.
Where: Amway Center in Orlando, Florida
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: Washington has a 53 percent chance according to Kevin Broom’s Win Predictor and a 55 percent chance according to FiveThirtyEight.
Wizards: John Wall (Doubtful, Rest), Otto Porter Jr. (Doubtful, Calf)
Magic: Terrence Ross (Day-to-Day, Leg), Nikola Vucevic (Day-to-Day, Back), Evan Fournier (Out, Knee), Jonathan Isaac (Out, Ankle), Jonathon Simmons (Out, Wrist)
What to Watch for
Can the Wizards move up in the standings?
Washington will enter Wednesday’s game in eighth place, but has a chance to move up, depending on what happens with Miami and Milwaukee. Washington can move up to seventh if they win and one of those two teams lose. They can move up to sixth if they win and both teams lose.
Can the Wizards get it done without Wall and Porter?
Otto Porter suffered a calf injury during Tuesday’s game that makes this all-important game against Orlando that much more challenging. It’s going to put a lot on Bradley Beal’s shoulders—if he plays.
There’s a case to be made for resting him since Wall and Porter are already out. On the other hand, you have to think Beal would take a lot of pride in being able to say he played in every game this season, especially after all the questions he endured about his durability earlier in his career.
If he plays, the big question becomes how will the Wizards use him? Would they be willing to play him big minutes, if need be, to ensure a win? Getting a favorable playoff matchup is important, but so is entering the playoffs as healthy as possible.
Hopefully the Wizards can put the game away early either way. Let’s not forget the Magic have some incentive not to give it their best. If Orlando loses, they’d move into a three-way tie with the Hawks and Mavericks for the third-worst record in the league, which would help their odds in the NBA Draft Lottery.
A random moment in Wizards - Magic history: Gilbert Arenas goes off for 40 points against Orlando
We’ll ignore how many Tracy McGrady scored on the other end.