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Wizards vs. Hornets preview: Washington travels to face pesky Charlotte squad

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Game Info

When: Wednesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: Washington has a 47 percent chance of winning according to Kevin Broom’s Win Predictor, and a 38 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Injury Report

Wizards: Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles)

Hornets: Cody Zeller (Out, Knee), Frank Kaminsky (Questionable, Ankle)

What to Watch for

Can Otto Porter find his rhythm again?

Monday’s collapse against the Bucks brought Otto Porter’s passive play into the spotlight. He only took eight shots in 30 minutes against the Bucks and he’s taken less than ten shots in four of the team’s last six games. After the loss, Scott Brooks and John Wall both indicated they felt it was more on Porter to get more engaged than it’s on Wall and Beal to get him the ball more.

We’ll see in this game how that message plays out. The last time these two met, Porter only attempted nine shots in 27 minutes of play during the Wizards’ overtime loss in Charlotte in which John Wall and Bradley Beal struggled to generate points in the closing minutes.

For all their flaws, the Hornets have been very good defensively in the clutch. They have the fifth-best defensive rating in the league in the last five minutes of games separated by five points or fewer. So if things are tight in the closing minutes, Washington is going to have to find one way or another to diversify their attack and get higher quality shots.

A random moment in Wizards - Hornets history: 38-year-old Michael Jordan goes off for 45 against the Hornets

MJ was pretty good I guess.