When: Monday, March 11 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: John Wall (Out, Heel), Dwight Howard (Out, Back)
Kings: Marvin Bagley III (Out, Knee)
What to Watch for
Every game matters for the Kings
The Kings are ninth in the Western Conference so every game is crucial in their mission for the postseason. They’re currently on a four-game East Coast trip and started it with a win against the Knicks on Saturday.
Buddy Hield is having the best season of his young career
There’s no denying that Hield is having a breakout season. He’s outdoing all of his previous seasons’ averages in points, rebounds, assists, and blocks. This season he’s averaging an impressive 21 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.
He’s starting off March on an even better note averaging 23.3 points, 6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.
Wizards haven’t beat the Kings this season
In October, the Wizards lost to the Kings 112-116. Washington led by six points at the end of the third quarter but fell apart in the fourth. The Kings took control of the game, outscoring them by 10 points, which foreshadowed the Kings’ surprising success and a Wizards season that hasn’t lived up to expectations.
Can Washington get over the hump?
Washington’s last two losses haven’t sat well. On Friday night, the Wizards lost to the Hornets by one 1 point. Beal missed a potential game-winner with 3.6 seconds left in the game. To make things worse, the NBA’s “Last Two Minute Report” confirmed that referees missed a loose ball foul on Portis which could have changed the outcome of the game.
On Saturday night, the Wizards led by as many as 15, but fell apart in the second half. They made a last-ditch effort to force overtime, but couldn’t slow down the Timberwolves, even without Karl-Anthony Towns or Andrew Wiggins in the lineup in the extra period.