When: Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Deni Avdija (Anke, Out); Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out)
Pacers: Edmond Sumner (Knee, Day-to-Day); Malcolm Brogdon (Hamstring, Day-to-Day); JaKarr Sampson (Concussion, Out); Goga Bitadze (Ankle, Day-to-Day); Jeremy Lamb (Knee, Questionable); Myles Turner (Toe, Out); T.J. Warren (Foot, Out)
The Washington Wizards (29-35) are coming off a Saturday night one-point loss against the Dallas Mavericks. They’re back home for one game against the Pacers (30-33) before hitting a five-game road trip. In their first matchup against the Pacers in March, the Wizards were able to pull off a win thanks to the team shooting 55.6 percent from the field and 52.6 percent from downtown. They did have more turnovers than Indiana in that matchup but the Wizards made up for it by being aggressive when it came to grabbing boards. Washington out-rebounded the Pacers 55-37.
This time around, it is unclear if Malcolm Brogdon, who was the second-best scorer for Indiana that game with 26 points, will suit up. He left the team’s game early last Thursday with a sore right hamstring and did not play Saturday night against the Thunder.
The Pacers are coming off a 152-95 win against Oklahoma City. The Thunder’s 57-point loss is the largest home loss in NBA history. In that win, every player on the short-handed Indiana team scored and six players scored in double-figures. Doug McDermott led the team with 31 points and Domantas Sabonis followed with 26 points, 19 rebounds, and 14 assists. Sabonis had a triple-double in the first half. Starter Caris Lavert added 25 points. Indiana was hot offensively, shooting 65.5 percent from the field and 63.6 percent from beyond the arc.
If the Pacers play anything like they did on Saturday, the Wizards will have a hard time spoiling Domantas Sabonis' 25th birthday, which falls on Monday.