John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, Elfrid Payton and the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. ORLANDO MAGIC
Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington Plus (coverage begins at 6:00 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Can Wall and Porter contribute?
The Wizards had their entire roster healthy on Friday night against the Nets for the first time since Nov. 22, but it didn't matter much as they got blasted by the Nets. Though they were technically a full deck, both John Wall and Otto Porter were not at full capacity. Wall was on a strict minutes restriction, including a cap of seven minutes in the first half. His second half minutes were affected by the score.
Porter missed the previous two games with a right hip contusion and was allowed to go 21 minutes, but he scored only six points and wasn't a major factor. With both of those guys not at 100 percent in one way or another, the Wizards will need Bradley Beal, Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat and others to fill the void.
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Bad vs. bad teams
The Wizards didn't just lose to the Nets on Friday, they got obliterated by 35 points. More troubling is the fact this is part of an overarching trend. That was the Wizards' ninth loss to a team with a sub-.500 record. That matches their total from all of last season and ties them with the Magic for the most among NBA teams this year.
The Magic are another sub-.500 team. They are just 11-22 overall this season, meaning the Wizards will get a chance to buck that trend on Saturday night. We'll see if they take care of business.
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Magic are falling
Not only are the Magic bad, but they are playing particularly terrible right now. They lost on Friday to the Pelicans and have now dropped seven straight games. They failed to score 100 points in five of those games.
On paper, the Wizards look like the favorites here. But, we've been fooled by that before. It's time for them to take advantage. One thing working in their favor is that they're 3-1 in the second games of back-to-back.
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