When: Thursday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Chandler Hutchison (Knee, Game Time Decision); Rui Hachimura (Illness, Out); Deni Avdija (Anke, Out); Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out)
Raptors: Paul Watson Jr. (Knee, Out); Gary Trent Jr. (Leg, Game Time Decision); OG Anunoby (Calf, Time Decision); Yuta Watanabe (Ankle, Time Decision)
The Washington Wizards (30-36) are coming off a 135-134 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks last night. In a back-to-back game on Thursday, they’ll have their third meeting with the Toronto Raptors (27-39). On Feb. 10 the Raptors beat the Wizards 137-115. In their second matchup on April 5, Gary Trent Jr. hit a game-winning three-pointer for the Raptors.
In case you missed it, here’s the footage:
The finals score was 103-101. The Wizards were without Bradley Beal that game and Russell Westbrook’s triple-double wasn’t enough.
Going into Thursday’s game, both teams will have several players out. Kyle Lowry did not play Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers due to back soreness. As of Wednesday night, there is no indication that he will not play in Thursday’s game.
The Wizards are currently sitting at the #10 spot in the Eastern Conference standings. With the regular season winding down, every game matters. The Wizards have shown some promise in their last 17 games and they are only a few games away from the 8th spot.
If they can stay healthy, get Hachimura back sooner than later, and can play in their “everybody eats” fashion, they might sneak into that last spot.