When: Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Rui Hachimura (Shoulder, Game-time decision); Bradley Beal (Hip, Game-time decision); Robin Lopez (Quadriceps, Game-time decision); Daniel Gafford (Ankle, Out); Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out)
Magic: Cole Anthony (Ribs, Game-time decision); Karim Mane (Hamstring, Game-time decision); Michael Carter-Williams (Illness, Game-time decision); Chem Birch (Illness, Game-time decision); Otto Porter Jr. (Foot, Game-time decision); Gary Harris (Thigh, Game-time decision); Markelle Fultz (Knee, Out); Jonathan Isaac (Knee, Out)
The Washington Wizards (17-32) are facing the Orlando Magic (17-33) Wednesday night, after losing to the Raptors at the buzzer at the start of the week. The Wizards, who now have lost four consecutive games, were without Bradley Beal as he recovers from a hip contusion. In Monday’s loss, Russell Westbrook, also known as Mr. triple-double, led with 23 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists.
In case you are counting, it was his 19th triple-double this season. Garrison Matthews and Davis Bertans added 17 points each. It was nice to see team effort as 59 of the Wizards’ 101 points came from Bertans, Matthews, Deni Avdija, and Alex Len. Matthews had an efficient night offensively, going 5-of-7 from the field. He was 4-6 from beyond the arc and perfect from the free-throw-line. Hopefully he can bring that confidence he had to Orlando and Bertans can continue to build off the momentum he has.
The Wizards last played the Magic in back-to-back home games in December, which were the team’s second and third games of the season. In the first matchup on Dec. 26, the Magic came out on top with a 130-120 win and proceeded to beat the Wizards again 120-113.
This time around, Washington it’s unclear if Beal will play so the team needs to be ready to adjust offensively. The more Wizards players that get involved, the better.