When: Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Jordan McRae (Day-to-day, Ankle), Moritz Wagner (Out, Ankle), Garrison Matthews (Out, Ankle), Rui Hachimura (Out, Groin), John Wall (Out, Achilles)
Nets: DeAndre Jordan (Out), Kevin Durant (Out, Achilles)
This is a winnable game for the Wizards
Despite having a solid group of players, Brooklyn isn’t living up to the hype that surrounded the team ahead of the season. The Nets are currently 8th in the Eastern Conference, with a 20-26 record. They’re certainly missing Kevin Durant this season but with the talent they have, it’s surprising they aren’t winning more.
This game will be a back-to- to back for the Nets. They play Chicago Friday evening.
Kyrie Irving and Spencer Dinwiddie are leading Brooklyn in scoring
Irving, who was named an All-Star starter, is leading Brooklyn in scoring with 26.8 points per game. Dinwiddie is following with 21.4 points per game. This season Kyrie has had a 50 point game, a 45- point game, and several 30-plus point games so the Wizards need to be prepared from tip-off to actually guard Irving.
No All-Star, no problem for Beal
On the same day Beal learned that he wasn’t selected as an All-Star reserve, the Wizards played the Hornets. Beal showed up and showed out like usual despite the news. In the Wizards’ win, he finished the night with 34 points, 9 assists, and 9 rebounds. There’s no question Beal isn’t happy about not being named an All-Star. He did not talk to media after Thursday’s game.
Hopefully he can use the snub as motivation to make a playoff push.