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Wizards vs. Magic Pregame: A Momentum Swing?

Regular Season Game 20

Magic (9-12) at Wizards (7-12)

December 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 1500 AM

Last time they met was..

November 25, 2016 – Amway Center, Orlando: Wizards 94, Magic 91


What to watch

Change in momentum.

The Wizards held late leads against two elite Western Conference teams not named the Warriors on the road, with upsets over Russell Westbrook and the Thunder and perhaps their first win at San Antonio over the Spurs looked possible. Then, #SoWizards and #DCSports took over. Last night in Brooklyn, the script flipped. This time the Wizards were the ones playing catch-up after trailing by 15. The Wizards came all the way back and got a huge win, 118-113 over the Nets.

Tonight, the Wizards hope the momentum is still on their side and it very well could be. They won their last meeting against the Magic and have won three of the last four contests. Maybe Wizards are more powerful than magicians?

Key Matchup

Markieff Morris vs. Serge Ibaka

The two power forwards are both the same height at 6 foot 10. Of late, Ibaka has been one of the best players on the Magic, averaging 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.2 blocks during his last six games while shooting 56.8 % from the field. During their last meeting, he scored 19 points, and had eight rebounds and four blocks. Morris needs to step us his game defensively. Morris is averaging 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks against the Magic.


Orlando’s lineup changes.

Magic head coach Frank Vogel made three changes to his starting five: putting in D.J. Augustin at point guard in Elfrid Payton’s place, Aaron Gordon at small forward replaces Jeff Green, while Bismack Biyombo is at center for Nikola Vucevic. The Magic have been 3-2 since then and these lineup changes occurred after the Wizards beat them in late November. The Wizards offense needs to figure out how to solve the Magic’s tough defense, which has held opponents to less than 95 points in four consecutive games. They even beat the Spurs.

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