Game On: Wizards-Magic preview - 7 p.m. on CSN

Game On: Wizards-Magic preview - 7 p.m. on CSN
December 1, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Wizards beat Hawks, get eighth win in November

A victory Monday would give Washington a .500 mark or better for the first time since 2009 -- also the last time this franchise qualified for the playoffs -- and the odds are in its favor with a 5-2 home record while Orlando has just won once on the road. 

TV: CSN, 7 p.m. ET at Verizon Center. Radio: 106.7 FM. 1500 AM.

Last game: Wizards (8-9) beat the Atlanta Hawks 108-101 Saturday as every starter scored in double figures; Magic (6-10) lost 109-91 to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, their fifth defeat in seven games. 

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Trevor Ariza, SF Martell Webster, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Magic –- PG Victor Oladipo, SG E'Twaun Moore, SF Arron Afflalo, PF Glen Davis, C Nikola Vucevic.

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Entry passes: 1). Nene's status is in question after he started in the last game despite a sore right Achilles, played 36 minutes and was in discomfort afterwards. 2). Reserves have taken a lesser role, most notably Garrett Temple who only played one minute vs. Atlanta. 3). Gortat's defense has been superb, particularly against Pacers center Roy Hibbert, and if he can repeat that against Vucevic he'll severely handicap Orlando. 4) The Wizards are notorious for blowing big leads. If they get one again here can they put the game out of reach so the starters can get some rest? 

X-factors: Al Harrington (right knee) isn't expected to play, but the door is wide open for Chris Singleton to run through. ... If Nene isn't able to play, that means Jan Vesely likely will get his second start of the season and Kevin Seraphin's role would grow, too.

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He said it: “After the Indiana game, we were a little disappointed. Obviously in this league, the games come and I say we have to put that one behind us. We win on Saturday against Atlanta. It gives you a two-week period of 6-2. I tell them that I’m proud of them. That’s what you have to do." -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman on his team completing consecutive weeks of four games in five days. 

Around the bend: The Wizard won't play again until Friday at home vs. the Milwaukee Bucks (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). They play the same Monday and Friday schedule the following week.