When: Thursday, February 1 at 7 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: Washington has a 45 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Wizards: John Wall (Out, Knee), Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles)
Raptors: C.J. Miles (Questionable, Knee)
What to Watch for
Can Markieff Morris keep it up against the Raptors?
If there’s one opponent the Wizards feel comfortable playing against without John Wall, it’s the Raptors. Wall missed the first meeting in Toronto after hurting his shoulder and the Wizards went on to beat the Raptors 107-96. Two weeks later, he missed the second meeting after undergoing PRP treatment on his knee and the Wizards gave it a good run, but lost 100-91.
The remarkable thing is that not only have they played Toronto well without Wall, but they’ve also done it despite not getting much from Markieff Morris. He scored a combined 13 points over the two games while shooting 3-of-18 from the field.
The good news is both of those games came back in November when he was still getting back into form after hernia surgery. He’s played much better recently. Over the last three games he’s averaging 20.3 points per game while shooting over 60 percent from the field and making 7 of his 12 3-pointers.
His hot shooting won’t hold up forever, but if he can keep it up for this game, or at least be more productive he was in the first two games, Washington can put themselves in a good position to steal another one from Toronto.
A random moment in Wizards - Raptors history: John Wall gets the block and the and-one
Remember that time the Wizards used a lineup of John Wall, Ramon Sessions, Otto Porter, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin to go on a run against the Raptors in their building en route to a four-game sweep in the 2015 playoffs? We remember.