After an awkward homecoming game against Kevin Durant and the Thunder, the second half of the season truly begins tonight for the Wizards. It starts off on a doozy, as they kick off a four game road trip to face the Blazers, Nuggets, Lakers and Suns.
Where and when? Tip off is at 10 p.m. at the Moda Center. You can catch the game tonight on CSN Washington, or join the #radioparty on 99.1 WNEW.
Who's out? Washington still has a clean bill of health. Portland, on the other hand, won't have LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez and Joel Freeland. Additionally, Nicholas Batum is doubtful and Chris Kaman is questionable.
Are they good? Yes. The 31-13 Blazers aren't just good, they're great. But as you can see in that injury report, they're really hurting at the moment, particularly inside. The injuries up front bit them in the behind against the Celtics on Thursday, as they allowed Jared Sullinger to grab the offensive rebound that set up Evan Turner's game winning shot.
Epic PG showdown tonight: With so many Blazers injured, you can bet Damian Lillard will be in Damian Killard mode all night long to keep things competitive.
After struggling on Wednesday against Russell Westbrook, Wall will need get the clamps back out tonight. Surprisingly, Lillard has only beaten John Wall once in his career head-to-head.
Who's going to win? If both teams were healthy, Portland would have a clear edge here, but with so many injuries, this is the Wizards' game to lose.
UPDATE at 2:50 p.m. ET: LaMarcus Aldridge has put off thumb surgery and will play tonight. The Wizards will have to earn their paychecks tonight.