When: Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: John Wall (Out, Heel), Dwight Howard (Out, Back)
Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr. (Out, Back)
What to Watch for
Nikola Jokic will put his team on his back
Jokic is having a heck of a season and is doing it all. The center is leading his team in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. He’s averaging 20.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. He’ll create all sorts of issues for a team that’s struggled to guard the paint and the perimeter this season.
The Nuggets are in a very different place than the Wizards
Not only are the Nuggets on a four-game win streak, but they have also clinched a playoff spot. It’s Denver’s first playoff appearance since the 2012-13 season.
On the other side, the Wizards are in 11th place and it might take a miracle to get to the playoffs. FiveThirtyEight gives them less than a one percent chance of getting in after Wednesday’s loss to the shorthanded Bulls.
Can Bradley Beal get back into his groove?
After the Wizards loss against Utah, Beal told reporters that he hasn’t been face guarded that much since high school. He was held to 15 points by the Jazz after scoring 40 points in his previous two games. The shooting guard had to work hard to get through screens to get his hands on the ball and after seeing how effective face guarding him was, don’t be surprised if the Nuggets pull the same move to attempt to keep his points to a minimum.