When: Wednesday, October 25 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: The Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: ESPN and NBC Sports Washington
Win probabilities: The Wizards have a 69 percent chance of winning, according to Kevin Broom’s win predictor and a 58 percent chance according to FiveThirtyEight’s win predictor. Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that at this point in the season, the data sets aren’t very robust.
Wizards: Jason Smith (Questionable, Shoulder), Markieff Morris (Out, Hernia), Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles)
What to Watch for
The John Wall Show
John Wall is good for a few highlights every time he plays, but after Lavar Ball’s taunting earlier this week it’s hard not to imagine Wall making a point of showing out against Lonzo Ball and the Lakers.
Ball is 6’6, so while he has the size to be a good defender eventually, he has neither the speed or experience to handle Wall, who has been averaging 24.4 points and over 11 free throw attempts per game this season. As a team, the Lakers have allowed their opponents to score 17.8 fast break points per 100 possessions, one of the worst marks in the league. All together, this is a recipe for a big night from Wall.
Can the Wizards finally blow out a bad team?
The Wizards are the only undefeated team in the Eastern Conference at 3-0, but the way they have been winning games should unsettle fans. Despite playing three weaker teams, every game has been close in the fourth quarter.
We’re only three games in, and wins are certainly better than losses, but it would be encouraging to see a decisive Wizards victory soon.
A random highlight from Wizards - Lakers history: Caron Butler’s shot to force overtime at the Staples Center
This clip comes from a late March battle between the two. The Lakers were riding high with Kobe Bryant wrapping up his MVP season, and the team had developed into a title contender after acquiring Pau Gasol earlier in the year.
Meanwhile, the Wizards were just trying to solidify their playoff status. Gilbert Arenas had missed most of the season and Caron Butler had been out for significant chunks of time as well. Caron was healthy for this game though, and came through with a marvelous shot in the closing seconds which forced overtime and even impressed the Lakers’ broadcasting team.
The Lakers were able to pull out the win in overtime, but even in a close loss, the Wizards cemented their status as a team that could give anyone a scare on any given night.