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Wizards vs. Thunder preview: Washington looks to avenge last week’s loss to Oklahoma City

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Washington Wizards v Oklahoma City Thunder Photo by Layne Murdoch Sr./NBAE via Getty Images

Game Info

When: Tuesday, January 30 at 7 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: Washington has a 47 percent chance of winning according to Kevin Broom's Win Predictor. It drops to 36 percent if Wall misses the game. Washington has a 47 percent chance according to FiveThirtyEight.

Injury Report

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

Thunder: Andre Roberson (Out, Patella)

What to Watch for

Can Washington reclaim the paint?

The Thunder set the tone early in last Thursday’s game against the Wizards. They grabbed six offensive rebounds in the first six minutes and all six of their made shots came in the paint, including four from Steven Adams.

Oklahoma City only grabbed six more offensive rebounds the rest of the game, and Adams only scored four more points, but it opened things up for the rest of their offense. The Thunder scored 60 points in the paint and earned 29 free throw attempts, thanks in large part to their drives to the rim.

Everyone Washington threw out at center struggled. Marcin Gortat committed five fouls in 20 minutes and only grabbed one rebound the entire game. Ian Mahinmi had four fouls in just 10 minutes of action. Jason Smith was a -7 in less than three minutes of play. The Wizards wound up going with Markieff Morris to close the game, and while he had an efficient scoring night and was able to stay out of foul trouble, it made it much easier for Russell Westbrook to attack the rim. He had 21 points, including three dunks and two layups in the fourth quarter alone.

Washington has been on fire from deep lately, shooting over 45 percent from deep in four of their last five games, but it won’t be enough to win this one if they struggle protecting the paint again.

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