The Washington Wizards will finish off their four game road trip with another trip to Motown to face the Detroit Pistons. This will be the third time already that the two teams have faced off in this early season.
When: Thursday, Dec. 26th at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: C.J. Miles (Wrist, Out), Thomas Bryant (Foot, Out), Rui Hachimura (Groin, Out), Jordan McRae (Finger, Out), Moritz Wagner (Ankle, Out), John Wall (Achilles, Out), Davis Bertans (Quad, Out), Isaiah Thomas (Suspension, Out)
Pistons: Jordan Bone (Knee, Day-to-Day), Bruce Brown (Calf, Day-to-Day), Luke Kennard (Knee, Day-to-Day), Khyri Thomas (Foot, Out), Reggie Jackson (Back, Out)
Watch out for Detroit’s big men
Unlike the previous two matchups, the Wizards will presumably face the front court tandem of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond for the first time at the same time this season. With the Wizards already thin in the front court, the Wizards will have to find some creative ways to keep these two bruisers from dominating.
Unlikely heroes are stepping for Washington
The Wizards’ success in New York on Monday came from the unexpected performances of Troy Brown Jr. and newly signed Gary Payton II. If the Wizards have any chance against the Pistons, they will need more unexpected performances given the number of key players they will have unavailable for the game. It also would not hurt if they got a better performance out of Bradley Beal, who shot 13-for-38 and struggled for much of the night on Monday.
Flashback: Beal’s Double-Double Powers the Wizards Past the Pistons
Just 10 days before this matchup, Bradley Beal went for 35 points and 10 assists, as the Wizards finished off a short-handed Detroit Pistons team.