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Wizards vs. Celtics preview: Washington faces Boston on Valentine's Day

The Wizards looks to avenge their January loss to Boston.

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Game Info

When: Sunday, January 14 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Capital One Arena

How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: Ish Smith (Quadriceps, Day-to-Day), Thomas Bryant (ACL, Out)

Celtics: Semi Ojeleye (Knee, Day-to-Day), Kemba Walker (Rest, Day-to-Day), Robert Williams (Hip, Day-to-Day), Marcus Smart (Calf, Targeting late February), Tacko Fall (Ankle, Day-to-Day), Romeo Langford (Wrist, Targeting Match)

Pregame notes

The Washington Wizards (6-17) are matching up against the Boston Celtics (13-11) for the second time this season. Their first game, in Boston, resulted in a 107-116 loss. In that game, the Celtics were led by Jayson Tatum, who dropped a team-high 32 points and Jaylen Brown, who added 27 points. As expected, Bradley Beal scored 41 points in that loss.

After sitting out to rest against the Knicks on Friday, Beal is expected to suit up Sunday. After all, why would he want to miss playing against his “little brother” and fellow St. Louis native Jayson Tatum. The pair worked out together with trainer Drew Hanlen, also a St. Louis native, during the offseason.

Beal’s absence from the floor, Russell Westbrook stepped up Friday night despite the Wizards falling extremely short against New York. In fact, he was one rebound away from a triple-double. The point guard led in points (23), rebounds (9), and assists (10). The Wizards, who lost by 18 points, were outscored by the Knick all four quarters.

Like the Wizards, the Celtics are also coming off a Friday night loss against the Detroit Pistons. In that game, young duo Tatum and Brown led the team in points. The Celtics have a host of players who may or may not play but either way the Wizards are going to have to really work for a win.