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Wizards at Bucks preview: Washington finishes road trip in Milwaukee

The Wizards will try to finish a long road tip on the right note.

Milwaukee Bucks v Washington Wizards Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

As the league grapples with the loss of Kobe Bryant, the Washington Wizards have little time to rest or reflect as they head north to Milwaukee for a tough game with the NBA’s best team on paper.

Game Info

When: Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI

How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: Moritz Wagner (Out), Rui Hachimura (Out), Garrison Mathews (Out), Jordan McRae (Day-to-Day), Isaac Bonga (Day-to-Day).

Bucks: Sterling Brown (Day-to-Day).

Pregame notes

Perimeter defense — The Bucks are a team that is constructed to be exactly the Wizards nightmare: they spread the floor well and have a very powerful presence in the paint as well. One of the keys for the Wizards in this game will be to actually contest many of those 3-pointers and to clog the paint so Yannis doesn’t stroll to another easy win. If you ask me (which of course noone is!) I’d say this is a perfect game to throw Johnathan Williams in the mix and let IT rest and prepare for his imminent trade (I’m guessing the latter, of course).

Jordan McRae & Troy Brown, Jr, — Two other difference makers could be McRae and Troy Brown, Jr. They are capable of defending the arc and chasing through screens/picks as well as able in creating fastbreaks and transition offense. And they could take some of the load off of Beal who is, as usual, over-worked by Brooks.

Flashback: Matthew Dellavedova takes Beal down, literally

Two years ago, in a close game here in D.C., then-Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova added another signature piece of work to his Delli-Flagrant Mixtape. Jodie Meeks’ biggest contribution as a Wizard also came on that evening: he managed to separate Beal and Delli and avoid what would have likely been a double ejection if Beal had managed to get to the Aussie that apparently called him out for for yourselves: