When: Saturday, February 27 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Davis Bertans (Knee, Game-Time Decision); Ish Smith (Quad, Out); Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out)
Timberwolves: D’Angelo Russell (Knee, Out)
Yes you read correct. The Washington Wizards have won six of their last seven games. Of those wins, three came from a four-game road trip in which they defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. And to top it off Washington is not far off from creeping into the top-eight teams in the East, even the top-five.
The Wizards are back at home for just one game before going back on the road. They have the Minnesota Timberwolves who they haven’t seen since the New Year. In that meeting Washington won 130-109 behind Bradley Beal’s 31 points and Thomas Bryant’s 18 points. At that time the Wizards were just getting their first win and now they’re finding their rhythm and capitalizing on it.
There’s no reason why Washington can’t keep this momentum going and shock all the naysayers and make the playoffs. With the second half of the schedule out, the Wizards picked the perfect time to rack up on some wins given as though they’ll have a few back to backs lined up.
As for Minnesota, they’re on a three-game losing streak on the road and are 3-15 overall on the road. And with D’Angelo Russell out all eyes will remain on Karl-Anthony Towns hoping to lead the Timberwolves out of this funk. With Washington on the right track, Minnesota may not stand a chance.