When: Wednesday, March 17 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Raul Neto (Ribs, Questionable); Davis Bertans (Calf and Knee, Questionable); Ish Smith (Quad, Out); Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out)
Kings: Chimezie Metu (Wrist, Out); Marvin Bagley III (Hand, Out); Robert Woodard II (Hamstring, Game-Time Decision); Hassan Whiteside (Healthy and Safety Protocol, Game-Time Decision)
The Washington Wizards will host for the first time this season the Sacramento Kings. The Wizards are currently on a four-game losing streak, while the Kings recently lost to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night. Both teams are looking to end losing streaks.
The spark that Washington had previously developed before the All-Star break has suddenly disappeared and they need it back if playoff contention is in their future. Facing the Kings, the Wizards will need to contain De’Aaron Fox and Richaun Holmes who have been scoring big for Sacramento. Fox is averaging 23.6 points per game while Holmes in his last 10 games has averaged a little over 15 points per game.
There’s no doubt Washington can come out victorious having the leading scorer on their side in Bradley Beal and the walking triple-double in Russell Westbrook. The biggest key which seems to happen in some games but not all is making sure Rui Hachimura gets going. That needs to happen even if that means reducing some shot attempts from Beal and Westbrook. Another key for Washington is rebounding. The Wizards need to push their big men in defending the paint crashing those boards or too many second chance opportunities will be available for the opposing team and in this case it’s the Kings.