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Wizards vs. Timberwolves preview: Washington heads to Minnesota looking for victory

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Washington Wizards Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Saturday, March 9 at 8 pm Eastern Time
Where: Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

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

Timberwolves: Luol Deng (Out, Achilles) Robert Covington (Out, Knee)

What to Watch for

Can Washington rebound again?

The Wizards beat the Timberwolves by 14 when they hosted them on Sunday night in Washington. When you have two teams as evenly matches as Washington and Minnesota, playing each other so close together, it’s usually guaranteed to be a split. Whatever team loses the first time gets extra motivation to come back and win the second time around because they’ve learned from their mistakes.

To make things worse for Washington, the Timberwolves have a major rest advantage going into this game. Minnesota has had two nights off since their loss to Detroit on Wednesday night, while Washington is making the trip in after a tight loss to Charlotte on Friday night. Then again, Washington is 8-3 on the second night of back-to-backs this season, so it may not be the walk in the park the Timberwolves expect.

Either way, Washington has to do a much better job of sealing up the paint to beat Minnesota this time around. Washington won’t win giving up 84 points in the paint like they did when they met on Sunday.

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