Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.
Today’s stat is Washington’s record on the road this season, which is...
The Wizards now have more road losses than any other team in the NBA after Wednesday’s loss in Detroit. To be fair to Washington, part of the reason for that is they’ve played more road games than anyone else in the league other than the Utah Jazz at this point of the season. 26 of their final 47 games will be at home, where they’re 9-6 so far this season, although one of those home games will be their game against the Knicks in London.
That’s why so many playoff projection systems still give Washington a fair shot at getting back into the playoff race, even though they’re currently four games behind the Heat for eighth place in the East. If they can continue to play well at home, it might just be enough to offset their road woes and sneak back into the playoff race.
Still, grabbing a few more road wins would certainly help the cause. Interestingly, there aren’t too many differences in how the Wizards perform at home and on the road, with two glaring exceptions:
- How often they score in the paint - The Wizard average 10.5 more points per game at home than they do on the road, and that’s almost entirely because of the difference in how they score in the paint. They’re averaging 55.6 points in the paint per game at home, and just 45.7 on the road.
- Transition defense - The Wizards average the same number of turnovers at home as they do on the road, but on the road the Wizards give up over five more points per game on fast breaks than they do at home.
If Washington can clean up those two areas moving forward, they’ll put themselves in a much better position to improve their road record and finish the season better than they started it.