Southeast Division foes will collide when the Washington Wizards (10-22) challenge the Orlando Magic (14-19) at Capital One Arena. Action gets underway at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards ATS Preview
The Magic lost to the Atlanta Hawks in their last game, 101-93, despite being 10.5-point favorites. Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic had a solid game, leading both teams in scoring with 27 points on 12-for-19 shooting. Atlanta had an offensive rebounding percentage of 27.5 (above their season average of 21.2). Orlando, on the other hand, forced the Hawks into a turnover percentage of 18.4 (above their season average of 14.3). The two teams combined to score 194 points, which finished well under the O/U total of 209.
In the Wizards’ previous matchup, they blew out the Miami Heat, 123-105, as 14-point underdogs. Washington was lifted by Jordan McRae, who was the game’s high scorer with 29 points on 9-for-14 shooting. The Wizards forced 18 turnovers and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.613 (above their season average of 0.528). The two squads collectively scored 228 points, which came in over the projected point total of 223.
It will be a showdown of conflicting styles as the up-tempo Wizards will look to push the more methodical Magic. The Wizards currently rank sixth in possessions per game while the Magic are 28th.
Of Orlando’s 33 games, 17 have finished under the O/U total, while 19 of Washington’s 32 games have finished over the O/U total. The Magic hold the significant advantage straight up (SU) (14-19 vs. 10-22), but the Wizards have been superior against the spread (ATS) (17-15 vs. 13-16-4).
These two teams have already met twice this year, with the Magic winning both. Bradley Beal scored a game-high 42 points in the most recent matchup, in which the Wizards lost 127-120, unable to cover as 1-point underdogs. The two teams combined to put up 247 points, which was 18 points above the projected point total of 229 points. The Magic dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.5 and a free throw rate of 0.222. For those same stats, the Wizards recorded marks of 11.1 and 0.202, respectively.
Orlando Magic at Washington Wizards ATS Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Wizards, ATS Winner – Wizards, O/U – Over
The Wizards rank third in assists per game (26.6) while the Magic rank 21st (22.7).
Washington ranks fourth in points off turnovers per game (18.8) while Orlando ranks 11th (17.8).
Orlando ranks 20th in rebounds per game (44.2) while Washington ranks last (41.9).
Orlando is 7-7-2 ATS on the road, while Washington is 6-7 ATS at home.
The total has gone over in 7 of the Wizards’ 13 home games, while 9 of the Magic’s 16 road games have gone over.
When holding opponents under 100 points, Washington is 2-0 and Orlando is 8-3.
The Magic are 10-9 when they reach the century mark, while the Wizards are 9-22.
The Magic rank fifth in steals per game (8.4) while the Wizards rank 12th (7.9).
Orlando ranks second in blocks per game (6.5) while Washington ranks 27th (4.0).
The Magic rank sixth in points allowed in the paint per game (44.1) while the Wizards rank 26th (50.9).
Washington ranks sixth in second chance points per game (14.2) while Orlando ranks 25th (12.1).
Washington is 2-3 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in its last five games.
Over its last five outings, Orlando is 2-3 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
The Wizards’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.0, up from 4.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Magic have scored an average of 99.4 points per game (3.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 104.4 points per game (0.4 below their season average).