When: Wednesday, May 5 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Deni Avdija (Anke, Out); Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out)
Bucks: Bobby Portis (Illness, Day-to-day); Jeff Teague (Abdomen, Out); Axel Toupane (Day-to-day)
The Washington Wizards (30-35) are facing the Milwaukee Bucks for the third time this season. Washington was unable to beat Milwaukee in their two March meetings at home. On March 13 the Wizards, who were without Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans, lost 119-125. Russell Westbrook triple-double and Rui Hachimura’s double-double were not enough to stop Giannis from having a triple-double and 8-out-of-10 Bucks players from scoring in double-digits. Two days later, Beal and Bertans returned to the lineup and the Wizards still lost 122-133. Beal scored a team-high 37 points and Washington shot 50 percent from the field but it wasn’t good enough as they allowed the Bucks to shoot 55.3 percent.
The Wizards are coming off a 154-141 Monday win against the Pacers. Although Russell Westbrook didn’t score the most points his 21 rebounds and 24 assists were major factors in the Wizards’ success. He finished the game with 14 points, which meant that he had yet another triple-double night. It was a team effort as nine-out-of-ten players who suited up scored in double-figures. Raul Neto was the lone player who did not with 9 points.
In both of their matchups this season Giannis Antetokounmpo had triple-doubles and the Wizards should plan on him having another come Wednesday. Washington is going to have to step up on both ends of the floor if they plan to compete this game. If they play anything like they did on Monday, don’t fully bet against the Wizards.