When: Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington, NBA TV
Win probability: Washington has a 53 percent chance according to Kevin Broom’s Win Predictor and a 58 percent chance according to FiveThirtyEight.
Wizards: John Wall (Out, Knee)
Timberwolves: Jimmy Butler (Out, Knee), Aaron Brooks (Day-to-Day, Personal)
What to Watch for
Can the Wizards keep the KAT in the bag?
Washington’s centers have struggled in recent weeks, especially against smaller lineups. So on one hand, the Wizards will probably be relieved to see the Timberwolves on the schedule, since they tend to play bigger than most other teams in the league. Then again, the main reason why is because they have such a dynamic center.
Karl-Anthony Towns has shouldered the load for the Timberwolves since Jimmy Butler went down with a knee injury in late February. He’s averaging 23.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game with a .641 true shooting percentage, and that’s in spite of getting ejected after only playing only 20 minutes against the Jazz last week.
The Wizards did a respectable job on Towns in the first meeting back in November. They forced him into four turnovers and limited him to 20 points on 19 shots. Ian Mahinmi in particular had a strong performance. He kept Towns off his spots, limiting Towns to 3-of-8 shooting and giving other Wizards the chance to make swipes at the ball.
A big game against Towns could be the spark the Wizards’ big men need to get back on track after a down month. Otherwise, it could be a long night in Washington.