When: Saturday, April 10 at 10 p.m. ET
Where: Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Bradley Beal (Back, Game-time decision); Daniel Gifford (Ankle, Day-to-day); Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out)
It’s a back-to-back game for the Washington
The Wizards, who are now 19-32 for the season, are coming off a Friday night 110-107 win against the Warriors. The game came down to the wire and luckily for the Wizards, Bradley Beal showed up when they needed him most. With 6.1 seconds left in the game, Beal had 4-point play, which came from an and-one three-pointer. Rui Hachimura led the team with 22 points. Beal and Robin Lopez finished the game with 20 points. As expected, Russell Westbrook finished with a triple-double (19 points, 14 rebounds, 14 assists).
While it was an exciting finish for the Wizards, it’s back to business. With no day to recover, the Wizards will look to beat the league’s second best ranked team — the Suns Saturday night on the road. They’re going to have to limit their turnovers and shoot better from beyond the arc than they did Friday night if they want to compete with Phoenix. While this trio can be problematic, the Wizards should also aware of where Mikal Bridges is because he can put up 20 points when he wants to.
It’s their second matchup against the Suns this season
The Wizards last played Phoenix at Capital One Arena on Jan. 11 and were able to pull of a 128-107 win. For the Wizards Beal out up a team-high 34 points and Devin Booker led his team with a solid 33.
Booker leading Phoenix with an average of 26 points per game. Chris Paul is following with 16.2 points per game but he’s leading the Suns in assists and steals. DeAndre Ayton, who is averaging 14.9 points per game, is leading his team in rebound and blocks.
Will Beal play?
Following the the game against the Warriors, Beal revealed on NBC Sports Washington that he had to go to the locker room during the game because his back was tight. Beal, who recently sat five games due to a hip contusion, pushed through to return to help his team secure the win. “I had to come back out, man, and try to help my team win,” Beal said after the game. Coach Scott Brooks said he anticipates Beal being questionable for the game.