When: Tuesday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Toyota Center, Houston, TX
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Troy Brown Jr. (Coronavirus protocol, Day-to-Day), Deni Avdija (Coronavirus protocol, Day-to-Day), Davis Bertans (Coronavirus protocol, Day-to-Day), Ish Smith (Coronavirus protocol, Day-to-Day), Moritz Wagner (Coronavirus protocol, Day-to-Day), Rui Hachimura (Coronavirus protocol, Day-to-Day), Thomas Bryant (ACL, Out), Raul Neto (Groin, Day-to-Day)
Rockets: Christian Wood (Ankle, Day-to-Day), Brodic Thomas (Ankle, Day-to-Day), Danuel House (Back, Day-to-Day), Dante Exum (Calf Out), Chris Clemons (Achilles, Out), Kevin Porter Jr. (Personal, Out)
The Washington Wizards (3-9) are matching up against John Wall and the Houston Rockets (6-9) for the first time this season on the road. This game also marks Russell Westbrook’s return to Houston but all eyes will be on Bradley Beal and John Wall, who have affectionately referred to each other as brothers. Beal is having the best season of his career, averaging 34.5 points, 4.9 assists, and 5.5 rebounds per game. Wall, who is back this season from a ruptured Achilles injury, is off to a good start with 17.1 points, 5.5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds in 8 games this season.
Washington last played Sunday evening after not playing since January 11 due to a coronavirus outbreak on the team. The shorthanded Wizards lost to the San Antonio Spurs 121-101 despite Beal scoring 31 points. Currently, Beal is leading the Wizards in scoring, assists, and steals. Westbrook, who scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in his first game back since his quad injury against the Spurs, will have to show up a bit more if the Wizards want to compete with Houston. The Wizards again will likely be lacking many players again due to coronavirus protocols so the odds are already stacked up against them.
Christian Wood leads the Rockets in scoring but will it is unknown if he will suit up due to a right ankle sprain. Following Wood in scoring is newest Rocket addition Victor Oladipo (22.3 ppg), Eric Gordon (17.8), and the only other player averaging in double-figures this season – John Wall (17.1 ppg).
Seeing John Wall in anything other than a Wizards jersey is still an odd sight. It could be an emotional game for him, Beal, and Wizards fans.