Man, don't you miss the Wiz Kids playing at the Verizon Center?
Hopefully, this contest will fare better for Washington - who lost the last matchup in December - which will move the Wizards to winning five of their last six road games and seven of their last 11 overall.
When and where? Sure do love national TV time - Stay up late and catch the game at 10:30 p.m. (EST) on ESPN live from the U.S. Airways Center.
Who's out? Injuries are no fun and I'm sorry if I cursed it yesterday, but John Wall, Paul Pierce and Martell Webster are all currently day to day for Washington. Phoenix's Brandan Wright is also day to day.
Are they good? After winning seven in a row at home, the Suns have dropped their last two games on their own floor. Yet, they are still 4-2 during the franchise-record eight-game home stand and do a quite a lot of things well, including creating turnovers and scoring on fast break points. They have the third best offense in the league - scoring an average of 107.4 points per game. Not to mention, their backcourt of Goran Dragic (who averages 16.5 ppg) and Eric Bledsoe (16.9 ppg) is certainly one of the best and deepest in the league.
Is John Wall Needed Tonight? Is the Pope Catholic? Does the sun set in the West? Am I amazing at Twitter? These four questions are all always answered yes. According to ESPN, the Wall Star hasn't missed a game since the 2012-13 season, when the Wizards went 24-25 with him and 5-28 without him. This season when he's on the court, Washington has outscored opponents by a total of 242 points - but when he's off the court, they have ben outscored by 134 points. It's a beautiful stat and a testament to the value and talent of Wall, but it's also concerning when you toss the word "injury" in with his name. Though he originally was said to be nursing a sore Achilles heel prior to last night's game, he later revealed he was feeling under the weather with migraines ... and then later rolled his ankles in the comeback victory against Los Angeles. He's day to day, and could very well not play in tonight's game, but either way, we're watching him like a hawk.
Paint Me With Points? The Suns are also the second worst in the league in allowing 46.5 points per game in the lane. These are stats the Wizards need to exploit and take advantage of with the speed of Wall and the shooting of Bradley Beal, as well as the big hands of Marcin Gortat and Nene.
Contenders or Pretenders? The Wizards may be in second place in the Eastern Conference at 31-15, but they are just 10-12 against teams at or above. 500, compared to 21-3 against teams under .500. Granted, Phoenix is 26-20, they are a team that is still fighting for a playoff spot. Winning tonight's game at Phoenix would not only move the Wizards to 3-1 on the road swing, but boost their wins against Western Conference teams.