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Wizards vs. Pistons preview: Washington hosts annual Martin Luther King Day matinee

Wizards try to break losing streak at home in an MLK Day Matinee.

NBA: Washington Wizards at Detroit Pistons Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards host the Detroit Pistons on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Here is our preview.

Game Info

When: Monday January 20 at 2 p.m. ET

Where: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC

How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: Rui Hachimura (Groin, Out); Moritz Wagner (Ankle, Out); Garrison Matthews (Ankle, Day-to-Day); John Wall (Achilles, Out); Jordan McRae (Ankle, Day-to-Day); Anzejs Pasceniks (Ankle, Day-to-Day)

Pistons: Blake Griffin (Knee, Out); Luke Kennard (Knee, Out); Khyri Thomas (Foot, Out); Reggie Jackson (Back, Out)

Pregame Notes

Recovering From a Bad Road Trip

Wizards lost both games on a short 2-game road trip. The last game on Friday against Toronto was particularly troubling as it was the first game after the infamous Bradley Beal comments after the lost against the Bulls on Wednesday. For such a significant statement made, the team didn’t seem to feed off of what was said. Let’s see if the Wizards being home will help them to re-focus.

Defensive Woes

The game against Toronto on Friday was yet another reminder of how bad this team’s defense has been this season. The Wizards have given up at least 110 points in each of their last five games. With a depleted Pistons team and a home game, perhaps the Wizards can get right and play some better defense.