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Wizards vs. Pistons preview: Washington back at it again with a visit from Detroit

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Every game counts and hopefully the Wizards play as such!

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Washington Wizards Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.

How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: Davis Bertans (Personal, Out); Jordan Bell (Non-Injury, Game-Time Decision); Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out)

Pistons: Wayne Ellington (Rest, Questionable); Rodney McGruder (Elbow, Questionable); Dennis Smith Jr. (Knee, Questionable); Hamidou Diallo (Knee, Game-Time Decision); Cory Joseph (Ankle, Questionable); Mason Plumlee (Rest, Questionable)

Pregame notes

Washington Wizards are back at their home arena after beating the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night in overtime. They’re playing to get in the play-in tournament and possibly into the playoffs in general. After having a successful road trip, Washington has put themselves back in the convo to compete despite how poorly they’ve played overall all season. We still don’t understand the competitive play against top teams in league and mediocre play against the sub-par ones. Also Washington winning on Friday night and the Chicago Bulls losing puts the Wizards in a much better position for the tournament as well.

Washington and the Detroit Pistons meet again this month; their last meeting on April 1 where Detroit won 120-91. Bradley Beal didn’t play in that game due to a right hip contusion. And for the Pistons, Josh Jackson dominated scoring 31 points. With the Wizards having Beal back and what’s on the line, can Washington change get the win and keep this momentum going into the playoffs?