NBA Pick #3: 805 Orlando Magic @ 806 Washington Wizards
Rating: 4 units - Regular PlayOdds: -103 / 1.97 on Pinnacle Sports OR -110 / 1.91 on 5Dimes
Pick: Washington Wizards (-11) (Play up to -12)
Washington is coming from a home loss where they could have played better, but it's also important to say that Utah played well and had full merit for the win. The Wizards got publicly bashed and they'll now come fired up for this game and ready to expose how bad Orlando is. The Magic are coming from a 7 points loss at Milwaukee, where if it wasn't for the trash time and they would have lost that game by more 20 points. Orlando can't score from the outside and their offense relies on transition plays. The problem is that Washington's transition defense is very good and so, they'll be a terrible matchup for Orlando's offense. Besides that, Orlando will only have a small edge on paint.
On the other side, Washington's offense will be focused and they won't have problems in handling Orlando's defense that has been awful at the perimeter. A team that plays Speights at Center for 20-25 minutes a game has no defense whatsoever. I believe in an easy blowout win for Washington and so, I'll be taking them in here.