The Wizards (29-20) almost let one slip on Thursday night against the Lakers, and the Pelicans are just as ready to steal a game. New Orleans posses a lowly 19-31 record on the season, but recently have been playing better basketball, beating the Cavaliers and Spurs in less than a week span at the end of January.
The reality is, however, the Pels come into Verizon Center on a three game losing streak, including a heartbreaker in OT to a strong Toronto Raptors squad. They also picked up an L to the Wizards and were blown out by Detroit Wednesday night. The team is led by Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, a lethal combination of athleticism, size, and shooting touch.
Keeping their shooters like Hield, Hill, and Holiday in check will prove to be the difference maker. I’m sure Wizards fans hope Otto Porter plays like he did against the Lakers, making 3 of his 6 attempts from deep after missing all of his shots from deep against the Knicks.
Gaining motivation for back to back bad teams is always difficult for players, but the Wizards are expected to win this one, which is why it’s another trap game.
When: Saturday, February 4 at 7 pm ET
Where: Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 1500 AM and the Wizards Radio App
Washington: Daniel House and Ian Mahinmi remain inactive for Washington. Mahinmi went through a full practice for the first time on Friday, but don’t be surprised if they wait another game or two before they
Pelicans: Tyreke Evens and Dante Cuningham have been listed as day-to-day, but both played against the Pistons on Wednesday.
Most Likely Wizards Killer: Solomon Hill
Oh Solomon, you sir are more iron than friend. We shouldn't be worried, but we are. Remember when Hill played for the Indiana Pacers? Back in November 2014, Hill rained down on the Wizards for 28 points. Washington was victorious Solomon’s shooting was devastating, producing his points in fewer than 20 attempts.
The former Arizona Wildcat for another outburst after being held under double digits in his past three outings. If the fourth year man gets going, watch out. If he heats up, his 36 percent three point clip won't save anyone from the actuality of the situation.