When: Monday, Dec. 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
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)
Pistons: Luke Kennard (Knee, Day-to-day), Andre Drummond (Eye, Day-to-day), Reggie Jackson (Back, Out), Khyri Thomas (Foot, Out)
It’s the second matchup of the season
The Wizards beat the Pistons 114-99 at home in their first matchup of the season. In their first home game win of the season, Bradley Beal led his team with 22 points while the Wizards bench combined for a total of 53 points. This time around, it will be a different game because the Wizards have been plagued with several injuries.
Can Andre Drummond be contained again?
In their last matchup, Drummond struggled early on offensively because Thomas Bryant and reserve center Moritz Wagner put pressure of him every possession. Drummond did finish the game with 15 points and 24 rebounds but it wasn’t enough to lead his team to victory. He’s currently leading his team in points (17.7), rebounds (16.6), steals (1.7), and blocks (1.8).
This matchup, the Wizards will be without Thomas Bryant which will be a huge loss for the Wizards when it comes to containing Drummond. Mo Wagner, who showed he could hang with one of the best centers in the league last time, will have to work twice as hard this game.
Derrick Rose is expected to play
Rose did not play in their November matchup due to a hamstring injury. The point guard has since hit his stride where he is on a nine-game double-digits scoring streak. Rose is averaging 16.4 points and 6.0 assists per game this season. In addition to Drummond, the Wizards need to focus on putting pressure on Rose in the frontcourt.