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Wizards vs. Timberwolves preview: Washington faces Minnesota as both teams look to get back in playoff race

NBA: Washington Wizards at Minnesota Timberwolves Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Sunday, March 3 at 6:00 pm Eastern Time
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

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

Timberwolves: Luol Deng (Questionable, Achilles), Robert Covington (Out, Ankle)

What to Watch for

Both teams are on the lower end of standings

The Timberwolves and the Wizards are both ranked 11th in their respective conferences. Washington is 25-37 and lost its last game against the struggling Celtics. Minnesota is doing slightly better with a record of 29-33 despite dropping their last two games.

Will Washington show up in the first quarter?

A slow start will set any team back and the Wizards have been no exception. In their game Friday night against the Celtics, Washington got off to a pretty bad start after missing its first 10 shots. They were outscored by 10 in the first and fourth quarter in a game they lost by nine. If Washington is going to compete, they need to do a better job at the start and end of games.

Can Karl Anthony Towns be contained?

Towns is averaging 23.9 points, 12.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game this season, leading the Timberwolves in all three categories. Towns has momentum on his side right now so Washington needs to adjust and guard him accordingly. Here are his numbers from the last three games.

  • February 25 vs. Kings - 34 points, 21 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks
  • February 27 vs. Hawks - 37 points, 18 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks
  • February 28 vs. Pacers - 42 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists

A random moment in Wizards - Timberwolves history: Otto Porter Jr. drops 22 points and a clutch shot to help Washington get the road win