The Magic are seeking their first back-to-back wins in nearly three months. For his pregame speech, Frank Vogel should quote the manager from the movie "Major League"....
"Alright you guys, listen up. We won a game yesterday. We win one today, that's two in a row. We win one tomorrow, that's called a winning streak. It has happened before."
And it should happen again soon, with the way the Magic offense has been playing of late.
Orlando, which hasn't won back-to-back games since November 8 and November 10, has used improved ball movement, off-the-ball motion and hard cuts to the basket to generate an offensive rating of 110.6 over the last nine games. The Magic's recent outside shooting prowess, reminiscent of the first dozen games of the season, was on display on Wednesday as they hit 18 threes in a 127-105 win over the Lakers.
Now they host the Wizards in search of that elusive second consecutive victory. Washington, winners of four straight, will be without John Wall, who is out six to eight weeks with a knee injury. Bradley Beal made up for Wall's void on Thursday by scoring 27 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter to lead the WIzards to an upset over the Raptors.
The Wizards' offense, with a rating of 106.9, has lit up the Magic in each of their previous two match-ups this season, shooting a combined 55.8 percent against them. They set a season-high for points in December with a 130-103 win over Orlando, and followed that with a 125-119 victory in January. And of late, even with back-ups Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier filling in for Wall, the Wizards offense has run smoothly over the last three games, averaging 117.7 points per.
We'll see if the Magic, who could be without Aaron Gordon for a third straight game as he recovers from a strained hip flexor, can finally contain the Wizards on the defensive end, continue their own offensive revival and finally end that back-to-back streak.
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