It will be a battle between Southeast Division opponents when the Washington Wizards (6-12) welcome the Orlando Magic (8-11) to Capital One Arena. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
Washington opened as a 1.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 227.5 points.
Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards Betting Prediction
In the Magic’s last game, they topped the Golden State Warriors, 100-96, but they failed to cover as 8-point favorites. The total points for the game (196) came in under the O/U total of 204. Orlando held the Warriors to an effective field goal percentage of 0.429 (below their season average of 0.486). Golden State, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 9.0 (better than their season average of 12.1). Orlando received a boost from Evan Fournier, who was the game’s high scorer with 32 points on 13-for-21 shooting.
The Wizards lost big to the Los Angeles Clippers in their last matchup, 150-125. They failed to cover as 12.5-point underdogs. The game’s combined points (275) came in well over the O/U total of 240. Los Angeles was successful at getting and making free throws. The Clippers made 32 of their 40 free throws (80.0 percent), while the Wizards were 20-27 (74.1 percent). Washington’s Rui Hachimura had a good game, leading the team in scoring with 30 points on 13-for-23 shooting.
It will be a showdown of conflicting styles as the up-tempo Wizards (ranked second in the NBA in possessions per game) will look to push the more methodical Magic (30th in possessions per game).
Orlando heads into the game with records of 8-11 straight up (SU) and 6-11-2 against the spread (ATS). Of the Magic’s 19 games, 10 have finished under the O/U total.
Washington has a phenomenal record ATS (11-7), despite being 6-12 SU. Games involving the Wizards tend to finish over the total (55.6 percent).
This will be the second game of the season between these two teams. Nikola Vucevic put up 30 points, 17 rebounds and six assists in the first matchup, in which the Magic beat the Wizards 125-121 but were unable to cover as 5.5-point favorites. The game finished with a total of 246 points, which was 19.5 points above the projected point total of 226.5 points. The Magic knocked down 24 of their 26 free throws (92.3 percent) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (27.5 vs. 18.0).
Magic at Wizards Odds Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Wizards, ATS Winner – Magic, O/U – Under
Orlando is 3-5 ATS on the road with 4 overs and 4 unders.
Washington is 4-3 ATS at home with 4 overs and 3 unders.
When holding opponents below 100 points, Orlando is 5-2 and Washington is 2-0.
When scoring more than 100 points, the Wizards are 5-12 and the Magic are 6-3.
Orlando ranks sixth in assists allowed per game (22.6) while Washington ranks 29th (26.3).
The Magic rank second in blocks per game (6.7) while the Wizards rank 24th (3.9).
Orlando ranks seventh in points allowed in the paint per game (44.1) while Washington ranks 29th (53.3).
The Magic rank fifth in fast break points allowed per game (12.0) while the Wizards rank 24th (15.2).
Orlando ranks 12th in rebounds per game (45.7) while Washington ranks 27th (42.1).
The Magic rank third in steals allowed per game (6.7) while the Wizards rank 13th (7.4).
Orlando ranks fourth in three pointers allowed per game (31.7) while Washington ranks 11th (33.2).
The Magic rank fifth in points off turnovers allowed per game (15.2) while the Wizards rank 12th (16.8).
Orlando averages 12.5 second chance points per game, which ranks 19th in the NBA. Washington ranks 24th in second chance points allowed per game (14.4).
Over its last five outings, Orlando is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
Washington is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs over its last five games.
The Magic’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 2.2, up from 0.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wizards have scored an average of 115.6 points per game (3.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 127.4 points per game (4.7 above their season average).