The Washington Wizards host the Orlando Magic on Tuesday 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: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m.
TV: CSN (Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
The NBA season is only about six weeks old, yet on Tuesday night the Wizards will face the Orlando Magic for the third time already. They have split their two previous matchups, with the Magic winning on Nov. 5 and the Wizards taking the rematch on Nov. 25. Both games were played in Orlando and both were decided by slim margins, a combined five points.
The Wizards played the first game without John Wall who was sitting out due to his rehab from two knee surgeries in May. The Magic outscored the Wizards 27-16 in the fourth quarter and won by two points as Markieff Morris' three-point attempt rimmed out at the buzzer. Wall was there for the second game and made a big difference with 26 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and three steals.
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Otto's tearing it up
Otto Porter has shown the ability to score with efficiency throughout his NBA career, but consistency has sometimes eluded him. One night he will drop 20, then the next fail to reach 10. Lately, however, he has been able to string together games like we haven't seen often from him before.
Over his last six outings, Porter is averaging 15.3 points per game on 62.3 percent shooting, including 52.2 percent from three. During this stretch he's pulling in 7.8 rebounds and notching 2.7 steals per contest. Those are legitimate, above-average small forward numbers. It's only six games, but Porter could be reaching a new level in his game.
The Magic are a defensive-minded team with plenty to offer on that end of the floor between Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo protecting the rim. Those guys are a big reason Orlando is fifth in blocked shots (5.8/g), fourth in defensive rating (103.3) and third in opponents points per game (97.1). The Magic also happen to be very good at defending the three, allowing opponents to make just 7.8 per game (2nd in NBA) at a 33 percent rate (3rd in NBA).
The Wizards have averaged just 90 points against the Magic this season, fewer than against any other team. And they have held Orlando to 89.5 points per game, fewest of any opponent. Barring something unexpected, look for another game that ends up in the 90s.
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