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Wizards vs. Raptors preview: Washington hosts another battle against key East team with Toronto in town

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NBA: Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: ESPN, NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: Washington has a 37 percent chance of winning according to Kevin Broom’s Win Predictor and a 45 percent chance of winning according to FiveThirtyEight.

Injury Report

Wizards: John Wall (Out, Knee)

Raptors: OG Anunoby (Questionable, Ankle)

What to Watch for

How will Bradley Beal respond after Wednesday’s game?

Beal is coming off one of his worst games of the season. The Warriors limited him to 8 points on 15 shots as they exploited the limitations the Wizards face without John Wall.

Most teams can’t execute at the Warriors’ level defensively, but the Raptors come pretty close. They have the third-best defense in the league this season and a bundle of versatile wing players who can make life difficult for guards like Beal.

Thing is, that hasn’t happened. Beal is averaging over 30 points per game in their three meetings this season, including two without John Wall. He’s scored more and he’s been efficient doing it, shooting over 50 percent from the field and making 12 of his 23 shots from beyond the arc.

If Beal can bounce-back and have another big game against the Raptors, Washington would take the season series over Toronto and give the team a lot of momentum as they get ready for the playoffs. A win won’t be enough to help the Wizards catch the Raptors in the standings, but it would give them a lot of confidence if they have to meet again in the playoffs.

A random moment in Wizards - Raptors history: Bradley Beal exchanges some words with Kyle Lowry

We’ll let you do the lip reading.