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Wizards vs. Bulls preview: Trade partners face off in Saturday showdown

NBA: Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Saturday, February 9 at 8:00 pm Eastern Time
Where: United Center
TV: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

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

Bulls: Wendell Carter Jr. (Out, Thumb), Denzel Valentine (Out, Ankle)

What to Watch for

Otto is now a Bull

Life comes at you fast. Last week, Ted Leonsis said the franchise didn’t have plans to trade Bradley Beal, Otto Porter Jr., or John Wall. Now, the Wizards face Porter Jr. and the Bulls on Saturday evening. It’s going to be a bit weird seeing Otto on the Bulls.

Will Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker keep the good times rolling?

Portis and Parker both played well in different ways in their first games as Washington Wizards. Portis scored 30 points in 27 minutes and Parker finished 3 points and 1 assist shy of a triple-double. Then again, it’s easy to look great when you’re debuting against the Cavaliers. Their second game should also be a soft landing as they take on the Bulls, whose front line took a hit recently due to ... the departure of Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker. We’ll see how Portis and Parker handle their opportunities to remind Chicago of what they lost.

Hopefully Beal can continue to hold down the fort

If anyone should be frustrated it’s Beal. Between injuries and trades, it seems as if Beal is sort of on his own. Numbers-wise, there’s no one scoring nearly as much as he is. Now that Wall is out and Porter is gone, the Wizards will need to rely more on Jeff Green to carry some of the scoring load. He’s been inconsistent this season, but he’s in the midst of a nice stretch, in which he scored at least 15 points in eight of the last nine games. If there’s a time to step up, it’s now. Beal needs all the help he can get.

A random moment in Wizards - Bulls history: Tomas Satoransky goes off with 25 points and 6 assists against Chicago in 2018.

He has also had a run-in with a future teammate at the end of his performance.