When: Wednesday, March 27 at 10 pm Eastern Time
Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Trevor Ariza (Questionable, Groin), John Wall (Out, Achilles), Dwight Howard (Out, Back)
Suns: Josh Jackson (Day-to-Day, Ankle), Tyler Johnson (Day-to-Day, Knee), T.J. Warren (Day-to-Day, Ankle), Kelly Oubre Jr. (Out, Wrist)
What to Watch for
Who stays hot in the desert heat?
Bradley Beal isn’t the only guard who has been lighting it up despite their team’s struggles. Devin Booker hasn’t let the Suns’ struggles this season slow him down. He’s taken it to a new level since the All-Star break, averaging 30.5 points, 6.9 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game with a .586 true shooting percentage. The Suns have reaped the benefits as Booker has stepped up his game. They’re 6-10 since the All-Star break after only going 11-48 before the break.
Beal has been outstanding since the break as well, averaging 28.6 points, 6.4 assists, and 5.6 rebounds per game with a .608 true shooting percentage. Unfortunately for Washington, the Wizards have been on about the same level as Phoenix, going 6-11 since the break.
Beal and Booker both only have a handful of games left in the season, so this will be one of their last chances to assert where they rank among the best guards in the NBA. They couldn’t ask for much better teams to go up against. The Wizards and Suns are both bottom-five in the league in defense this season.