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Wizards vs. Hornets preview: Washington aims to avoid season sweep against Charlotte

NBA: Washington Wizards at Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Saturday, March 30 at 3 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington, NBA TV
Win probability: Washington has a 69 percent chance of winning according to FiveThirtyEight.

Injury Report

Wizards: John Wall (Questionable, Knee), Otto Porter Jr. (Questionable, Ankle)

Hornets: Michael Carter-Williams (Out, Shoulder), Cody Zeller (Out, Knee)

What to Watch for


Can Washington beat Charlotte for once?

Washington is 0-3 against Charlotte this season, which might sound bad, but relatively harmless in the scope of an 82-game season. Here’s the thing though: It might cost them a division title and hurt their playoff seeding.

If they finish with the same record, those losses to the Hornets could come back to haunt them. The Wizards and Heat split their season series, so the next tiebreaker would be each team’s record within the division. Unless Miami drops one of their last two division games, both of which are against Atlanta, they’ll finish with the better record in the Southeast Division, even if Washington wins all of their remaining division games.

It might be too late for Washington to fix the damage that’s already been done, but there’s something to be said for overcoming something that’s been a challenge all season long. The Hornets have averaged 128.0 points per game in their three meetings this season. Dwight Howard has been a big part of the success, averaging 18.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.

The bench has been big as well. Two Hornets have come off the bench and scored at least a dozen points in all three meetings this season.

A random moment in Wizards - Hornets history: Darius Songaila scores with his shoulder

Great trick, wrong team.