When: Wednesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probabilities: Washington has an 88 percent chance of winning according to Kevin Broom’s win predictor and an 86 percent chance according to FiveThirtyEight.
Wizards: Markieff Morris (Out, Suspension), Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles), Otto Porter (Questionable, Illness)
Suns: Eric Bledsoe (Out, Still at the hair salon, not sure when he’ll be back), Alan Williams (Out, Knee), Marquese Chriss (Day-to-Day, Ankle)
What to Watch for
Can the Wizards take advantage of the turnover battle?
The Suns come into Wednesday’s game with the fifth-worst turnover percentage in the league, coughing it up on 17.3 percent of their possessions. Meanwhile, Washington is second in the league in forcing turnovers, generating turnovers on 18.7 percent of their opponents’ possessions.
All the turnovers Washington is generating has paid dividends on the offensive end. They’re currently second in the league in points per game off turnovers, averaging 22.8 per game. Even though they don’t get out in transition as much as you might think, they’re one of the best in the league at maximizing those opportunities.
After a long road trip, it wouldn’t be understandable if the Wizards were a little shaky and perhaps looking ahead to their big game on Friday against Cleveland. But as long as they can protect the ball on their end and capitalize on the mistakes the young Suns will inevitably make, they should be able to survive an off-night.
A random moment in Wizards - Suns history: The time Markieff Morris almost helped the Wizards get a win ... while still in Phoenix
The Wizards and Suns played one of the more bizarre games in recent memory on December 4, 2015. Both teams were dealing with a swath of frontcourt injuries, which forced both teams to play weird, small lineups throughout the game.
It was an interesting back-and-forth battle that was nearly decided in the closing seconds because of a blunder by Markieff Morris. He was called for a delay of game technical foul after changing his position too many times before a free throw.
Markieff Morris tries to change sides of the lane between free throws, gets told to stop. Does it again, gets T pic.twitter.com/8anQ8HUI6M— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) December 5, 2015
It wound up being for naught because Bradley Beal missed the technical free throw. Thankfully for Washington, they held on to win anyways, but Morris’ actions drove the wedge deeper between himself and the Suns. Just a little over two months later he would make his return to Washington, but this time it was in a Wizards jersey.