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2020-2021 NBA Playoffs Season
(1-0) Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards (0-1)
Date: Saturday, December 26th
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Wizards -2
NBA Betting Total: 228.5
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Washington made the big move to bring in Russell Westbrook in the offseason. It is an interesting experiment.
Orlando did not shake up things too much in the offseason. They did snag a win from Miami in the opener though.
The Wizards are in a good spot to get their first win of the season on Saturday.
I have generally not been impressed with Orlando over the past few seasons. A win to start the season is unlikely to sway my opinion.
Orlando wants to be a defense first team. There is nothing wrong with that. However, with Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba both out that side takes a hit.
They are also hoping that former first overall pick Markelle Fultz can become something. He has proven that he can play in the league but anything more than being average might be too much to expect.
Nikola Vucevic is their best offensive player. Despite that fact they seem to only go to him as a last resort. Aaron Gordon still takes too many shots for my liking.
Cole Anthony is going to be an interesting watch for the Magic. I like his game overall but he is probably never anything more of a third guard in the NBA.
The whole ten man rotation got a pretty good run in the opener. All of them played more than quarter of action which is good for getting them ready for the season.
It is just a one game sample but the Magic did not do anything all that different to make us believe they are any more relevant in the Eastern Conference than they have been in the past.
Russell Westbrook draws intrigue wherever he goes. Now he is in the nation’s capital and paired with Bradley Beal.
In the opening loss to Philly both guards got theirs. Beal scored 30+ while Westbrook contributed his usual triple-double. That combo of production and result may be a regular occurrence though.
It was a good sign that Davis Bertans is still able to get off some shots with that duo on the court. Coming off the bench certainly helps and I think we can look for him to the third leading scorer most nights. Getting production from elsewhere in the lineup is going to be iffy from game to game.
Last year Rui Hachimura showed some promise as a rookie. He is out til January though with an eye injury. That gives rookie Deni Avdija some run without anyone looking over his shoulder
NBA Betting Trends:
- ORL are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 Sat. games.
- Over is 21-5 in ORL last 26 overall.
- ORL are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 road games.
- Under is 6-2 in WAS last 8 overall.
- Over is 42-15 in WAS last 57 Sat. games.
Free Orlando Magic vs. Washington Wizards NBA Prediction:
The Wizards are going to wonder who is going to provide the extra production needed to win heading into every game. In this one the urgency won’t be as much given Orlando’s general scoring struggles.
Orlando does not have a strong counter for Beal or Westbrook, let alone the two of them together. That is enough for the Wizards to get their first win here.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Wizards -2.5
Look for the Washington dynamic duo to ramp up to over 60 points in this one on the way to the win.
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