When: March 27 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: Washington has a 51 percent chance of winning according to Kevin Broom’s Win Predictor and a 55 percent chance according to FiveThirtyEight.
Wizards: John Wall (Out, Knee)
Spurs: Kawhi Leonard (Out, Quad)
What to Watch for
How will Beal respond after a rough game against the Knicks?
Bradley Beal has been a beacon of consistency even as the Wizards’ offense has wilted in recent weeks. Over the last 10 games he’s averaged 21.3 points and 5.4 assists per game while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from beyond the arc, including an efficient 21 point performance against the Spurs where he was the only player who could get anything going offensively before the game got out of hand.
In Sunday’s loss to the Knicks, Beal wasn’t able to replicate that success. He was 5-for-17 from the field, which is even worse than it sounds because 12 of his shots were either open or wide open, and he only made three of them. If he had just made two more of those shots, the Wizards probably win that game, or at least get it to overtime.
The game was probably just a case of bad luck, but you do have to wonder if fatigue could be starting to set in for Beal just a bit. He only needs to play 26 minutes on Tuesday to eclipse his career-high for minutes played in a season and there are still eight games left to play after Tuesday. If he looks demonstrably worse than he did when he played the Spurs last week, then maybe it’s time to think about getting him some more strategic rest.
A random moment in Wizards - Spurs history: Bradley Beal sinks the dagger
When people question Beal’s ability to hit shots late in games, remind them he did this at age 22:
Also remind them Kelly Oubre got fined $15,000 for his celebration after the shot.