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Wizards vs. Grizzlies preview: John Wall prepares to return as Washington hosts Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies v Washington Wizards Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Game Info

When: Wednesday, December 12 at 7 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: Washington has a 62 percent chance of winning according to Kevin Broom’s win predictor and a 77 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Injury Report

Wizards: John Wall (Probable, Knee), Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles)

Grizzlies: Mike Conley (Out, Achilles), Wayne Selden (Out, Quadricep), Brandan Wright (Out, Groin)

What to Watch for


Oh boy. This has all the makings of a game where Washington could have some problems. Let’s review:

  • John Wall is set to return tonight. That’s great, but odds are he’ll be a little rusty after two weeks off, and his teammates will need a little time to readjust his tempo.
  • Washington is finally back home after spending the last week and a half on the road, including a tough loss in Brooklyn on Tuesday night.
  • Memphis is really struggling right now. They’ve lost four straight and gone 1-13 since he got injured on November 13.
  • Clearly, Memphis is bad, but they’re going to be motivated to redeem themselves in this game. On Monday night, they lost by 25 at home to the Heat.
  • Let’s face it: We’ve seen Washington play down to their opposition several times already this season.

Washington can probably get by with a C effort in this game and pull out a win, but it would be nice if they could avoid the stress and drama.

A random moment in Wizards - Grizzlies history: The time John Wall dunked on Marc Gasol

Remember when John Wall used to catch lobs as often as he threw them? Fun times.