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Wizards vs. Thunder preview: Washington faces NBA’s top-ranked defense in Oklahoma City

NBA: Washington Wizards at Oklahoma City Thunder Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Sunday, January 6 at 7 pm Eastern Time
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
TV: NBC Sports Washington (The game will start on NBC Sports Washington Plus and then move over to the main feed once the Capitals-Red Wings game is over).

Injury Report

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

Thunder: Andre Roberson (Out, Knee), Alex Abrines (Out, Personal)

What to Watch for

Can Everybody Eats conquer the Thunder’s defense?

The Thunder come into Sunday’s game with the best defensive rating in the league, limiting teams to 101.4 points per 100 possessions, even though they’re missing Andre Roberson, one of their best defenders.

The Thunder have been great everywhere on the defensive end, but they’ve been exceptional at forcing turnovers without sacrificing defensive positioning. They average a full steal more than any other defense in the league,

That means Washington’s pass-happy offense will need to be even more careful than usual on Sunday. They’ve only committed 11.8 turnovers per game over the last four contests. They’ll need to preserve as many possessions as they can to give themselves a shot on the road where they’re just 4-17 this season.

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