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Here’s why the Wizards vs. Pistons game is very important

The Washington Wizards have held a home game on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year won’t be any different.

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Washington Wizards v Detroit Pistons
The Wizards will host the Pistons on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
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The Washington Wizards are in the middle of a long stretch of road games in fact, they’re in the middle of a seven-game stretch where six of seven games are away from Capital One Arena.

The one game at home will be on Monday when Washington plays the Detroit Pistons at 2 p.m. ET. Here’s why this is a very important game to attend,

  • It is on a holiday — Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, in honor of the late reverend and civil rights leader. This is a very good day to celebrate the progress of racial equality in the United States, as well as a day to understand that there is still a long way to go on that front. For the NBA’s African American players, this day will be more than just a game day.
  • Washington won’t be back home until Jan. 30 — After Monday, the Wizards will be on a four-game road trip. Granted, they won’t be on the other side of the country but this is still an extended trip away from Capital One Arena.
  • Washington has a chance to win the season series — The Wizards won the matchups against the Pistons on Nov. 4 and Dec. 16. Their most recent meeting was a 132-102 loss on Dec. 26. The series ends at home and the Pistons haven’t done much better than the Wizards in the standings. Washington will have a chance to get the win tonight.

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