When: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Isaac Bonga (Head, Day-to-day), Isaiah Thomas ( Calf, Out), C.J. Miles (Wrist, Out), Jordan McRae (Finger, Out), Thomas Bryant (Foot, Out)John Wall (Achilles, Out)
Grizzlies: Brandon Clarke (Hip, Out), Grayson Allen (Ankle, Day-to-day) Kyle Anderson (Heel, Out), Andre Igoudala (Out), Josh Jackson (Day-to-day)
Davis Bertans is hot right now
Bertans, who scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 9 rebounds against Charlotte on Tuesday evening, is averaging 23.7 points per game this month. The sharpshooter is also averaging an impressive 6 three-pointers per game. His noteworthy performances have landed him league season leader spots. He’s currently in third place for three pointers made (92) and fifth in three-point percentage (46.5).
Even though Bradley Beal is leading the Wizards in scoring, the team needs to continue to create opportunities for Bertans to have the ball in his hands because he’s not only the best shooter on the team but he’s also one of the best in the entire league.
Ja Morant is back
After missing four games due to back spasms, Morant returned to the Grizzlies lineup earlier this week. In his return against the Warriors, he didn’t miss a beat, scoring 26 points and dishing out 7 assists. The point guard is leading his team and NBA rookies in points and assists per game. The Wizards need to be prepared to adjust defensively because Morant will utilize his quickness to attack the paint and he will create opportunities for his teammates to score around him.
Will Troy Brown Jr. take more shots this game?
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, right?
Two games ago, Brown Jr. scored a season-high 22 points, shooting 9-of-12 from the field. 12 shot attempts is the most he’s taken in a game all season with the next highest being 10. The following game, on Tuesday, Brown Jr. scored a total of four points, which were all free-throws. He only had 4 shot attempts from the field in his 28 minutes on the floor. Troy Brown Jr. not only needs to find more opportunities to score but he also needs to be more confident in doing so.