When: Friday, December 28 at 7 pm Eastern Time
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Markieff Morris (Doubtful, Back), John Wall (Out, Heel). Otto Porter Jr. (Out, Knee), Dwight Howard (Out, Back)
Bulls: Denzel Valentine (Out, Ankle), Bobby Portis (Out, Ankle)
What to Watch for
What happens when a movable force faces a stoppable object?
The Wizards have the third-worst defense in the league, just ahead of the New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls, have the worst offense in the league this season, they average nearly three fewer points per 100 possessions than the Hawks, who currently have the second-worst offense in the league.
Typically, there’s some solace in knowing that your opponent can’t exploit your weakness, it hasn’t been that simple for the Wizards this season. They’re just 7-6 against teams who are bottom-ten offensively this season, including losses to the Pistons (22nd), Heat (24th), Cavaliers (25th), Grizzlies (26th), Magic (27th), and Hawks (29th).
Thankfully for Washington, the Bulls are exceptionally bad at hurting teams on the glass, where the Wizards have struggled most this season. Chicago has the second-worst offensive rebounding rate in the league, and no team scores fewer points per game on second-chance opportunities.
A random moment in Wizards - Bulls history: Nene scores 24 to guide Wizards to Game 1 victory in 2014 playoffs
Wanna feel old? Steve Kerr was still a TV commentator when the Wizards made their first playoff appearance of the John Wall era.