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Wizards vs. Pacers preview: Washington seeks first win against Indiana this season

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Washington Wizards v Indiana Pacers Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images

Game Info

When: Wednesday, January 30 at 7 pm Eastern Time
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: John Wall (Out, Heel), Markieff Morris (Out, Neck), Dwight Howard (Out, Back)

Pacers: Tyreke Evans (Day-to-Day, Back), Victor Oladipo (Out, Knee)

What to Watch for

The Pacers have had the Wizards’ number defensively this season. Two of Washington’s seven worst offensive performances this season have come against Indiana. The Wizards played both games in Indiana back in December when the team was in a state of flux with the Trevor Ariza trade and John Wall’s deteriorating heel issue.

Things are different now. Even though both teams have lost key players for the season since the last time they played, they’ve been competitive in their absence. The Wizards are 10-8 without John Wall and the Pacers are 7-6 without Victor Oladipo, including their 109-101 win over Washington on December 10.

Washington will need Bradley Beal to play much better than he did in the first two games against the Pacers to give Washington a shot. He was a combined 12-of-38 from the field and 5-of-15 from deep in the first two games against Indiana this season.

The Wizards will also need a better answer for Myles Turner. He went off for 26 points, 12 rebounds, and had 5 blocks in their first meeting. He followed that up with 18 points, 17 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the rematch.

A random moment in Wizards - Pacers history: Bradley Beal goes for 25, 7 & 7 in Wizards’ Game 1 victory over Indiana in 2014 Playoffs