NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 16th (All times eastern)
Washington Wizards (43-38) at Orlando Magic (51-30), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of playoff-bound teams riding two-game winning streaks collide tonight, when the Orlando Magic host the Washington Wizards at Amway Arena.
Orlando is the third seed in the Eastern Conference and will face the Toronto Raptors in the opening round of the playoffs. It has won two straight and three of four, including Tuesday's 121-105 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Maurice Evans scored a career-high 27 points and Hedo Turkoglu had 17 points and eight assists for the Southeast Division-champion Magic. Dwight Howard posted his league-leading 69th double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds in a winning effort.
The Magic finished the season with a 27-14 road mark, and will put their 24-16 home record on the line Wednesday night.
Washington has won two in a row and five of its last six games. It posted a 117-110 triumph over the Indiana Pacers on Monday at the Verizon Center, as Roger Mason drained a career-high seven three-pointers en route to a 31-point performance for the short-handed Wizards.
The Wizards were without Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler. Arenas was held out of the contest for precautionary reasons, and Butler is still recovering from a bruised right knee suffered last week. Arenas is probable against the Magic, while Butler and DeShawn Stevenson (back/tailbone) are both questionable.
Washington, which went 25-16 this season at home, is the fifth seed in the East playoffs, and will face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round.
Orlando is 2-1 against the Wizards this season, and has won six of the last 10 matchups in the series.
The Wizards are unbeaten in their last two games at the Magic.
04/16 10:53:09 ET