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Wizards vs Rockets preview: Washington heads to Houston to face the top-ranked team in the West

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Houston Rockets v Washington Wizards Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Game Info

When: Tuesday, April 3 at 8 p.m.
Where: Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win Probability: Washington has a 22 percent chance of winning according to Kevin Broom’s Win Predictor and has a 10 percent chance of winning according to FiveThirtyEight.

Injury Report

Wizards: None

Rockets: Chris Paul (Day-to-Day, Hip/Leg), Nene (Day-to-Day, Back), Chinanu Onuaku (Out, Knee)

What To Watch For

Three-Point Shooting

Believe it or not, one of the main reasons the Wizards won their last meeting over Houston was because of their three-point shooting, even though the Rockets are on pace to have the most prolific 3-point shooting season in NBA history. Houston’s starters struggled with a part of the game they’ve mastered this season and Washington capitalized on it.

The Wizards shot 50 percent from deep and tied a franchise record by making 18 threes in the game. Otto Porter led the way with a game-high 26 points while shooting 7-for-11 from three. Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre added on some of their own combining for 42 points and 6-for-13 from behind the arc.

Houston only shot 29.2 percent from deep and that was thanks largely to two bench players, Gerald Green and Briante Weber, who combined to go 7-for-9 from deep. The rest of the team went 7-for-39 from deep, though it’s worth noting Clint Capela and Nene missed the game with various injuries. Even though they don’t shoot threes themselves, their ability to collapse the defense as roll men free up space for everyone else to shoot.

The Wizards, who have held opponents to the fifth-lowest percentage in the league from deep, will need to follow the same blueprint on Tuesday night if they want to come out victorious. It would also help if they can hold MVP-candidate James Harden to 20 points and 4 assists again like they did in late December.

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