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Wizards vs. Thunder preview: Washington looks to win first home game of the season

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NBA: Washington Wizards at Oklahoma City Thunder Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Friday, November 2 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington DC
TV: ESPN, NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: None! Dwight Howard is expected to make his debut on Friday and Markieff Morris is expected to play after clearing concussion protocol.

Thunder: Andre Roberson (Out, Knee)

What to Watch for

Dwight’s debut!

Howard has yet to suit up this season after working through lower back issues and the Wizards could use his presence on both ends of the floor. Last season, he averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. Let’s just say the Wizards need all that Howard brings to the table—minus the begging for shots and technical fouls.

Can the Wizards snap their losing streak?

The Wizards are coming off of a five-game road trip, in which they only won one game. This is one of two games they’ll play at Capital One Arena before heading back out on the road for three games.

It’s no secret that there’s frustration among players and that the team is struggling, but they’ll be in good company on Friday night against the Thunder, who have struggled to start the season. Still, Washington can’t count on an easy game going up against Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and company.

They do, however, have time on their side. The Wizards will be heading into this game not having played a game since Tuesday and will have a practice under their belt while OKC will be on the second half of a back-to-back after playing in Charlotte on Thursday.

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