When: Saturday, February 10 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: United Center in Chicago, Illinois
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: Washington has a 64 percent chance of winning according to Kevin Broom’s Win Predictor and a 63 percent chance according to FiveThirtyEight.
Wizards: Markieff Morris (Questionable, Hand), John Wall (Out, Knee)
Bulls: Omer Asik (Questionable, Physical), Noah Vonleh (Questionable, Physical), Zach LaVine (Out, Rest), Kris Dunn (Out, Concussion), Cameron Payne (Out, Foot), Willie Reed (Out, Foot)
What to Watch for
What does Bradley Beal have left in the tank?
The Wizards cap off a tough stretch in which they’ve played four game in six nights with a trip to face the Bulls, who will be shorthanded thanks to a spate of injuries, as well as their wheeling and dealing before the trade deadline.
This should be a game Washington wins with ease, but by all means, they should do it in a way that gives Beal as much rest as possible. He’s averaged over 40 minutes per game in the last three contests, and we saw how it started to affect his performance down the stretch against Boston on Thursday.
Thankfully the Wizards have three nights off after Saturday’s game, followed by a week off for the All-Star break. If Washington can pull away quickly and get Beal some extended rest in the fourth quarter, it would serve him and the team well because after the break, Washington plays six games in nine nights, including tilts against the Warriors, Cavaliers, Raptors, Bucks and 76ers. They’ll need him at his best to keep Washington above water during that stretch.
A random moment in Wizards - Bulls history: John Wall shutting it down at the United Center
Wall delivered on the road in Game 5 of their first round series with the Bulls with a 24 point performance to help Washington pick up their first playoff series victory since 2005.