Washington Wizards vs. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic look to continue their dominance over the Washington Wizards when the two collide tonight. The Wizards are -8.5 point favorites over the Magic with an over/under point total set at 191.
Despite constant trade rumours surrounding All-Star Dwight Howard, the Magic have managed to stay within reach of the top four in the East through the first half of the season. Orlando has been particularly good so far in the month of February, posting a 10-4 record heading into the All-Star break. The Wizards on the other hand went into the break riding a four game losing streak, which was extended to five in their tough fought 118-119 loss in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.
The Magic have now won eight straight meetings against the Wizards dating back to early 2010, including the first two meetings this season, both of which were in Orlando. In the first matchup back in early January, the Magic raced out of the gates to hold a 31-14 first quarter advantage and, eventually cruised to a 103-85 victory. Dwight Howard led the way with 28 points and 20 rebounds, while Nick Young added 17 for a Wizards team that shot just 36.6% from the field. Washington managed to keep it closer in the most recent meeting, but the result was still the same as the Magic pulled away late to record a 109-103 win, thanks to a combined 66 points from Dwight Howard, Ryan Anderson and J.J. Redick.
Head to head, the Magic are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Washington, while the favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The Wizards are just 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Magic on the other hand are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
I’m having real trouble with this one. While the Magic certainly looked the goods before the All-Star break and they have won the last eight meetings between the two, the trend has to stop sometime, so why not tonight? I know the Wizards played last night, but that shouldn’t really affect them with the break they just had. If anything, the Magic might come out a little rusty.
Washington Wizards +8.5 Orlando Magic