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Wizards vs. Pelicans preview: Zion Williamson pays D.C. a visit

The good guys are still after win No. 4.

New Orleans Pelicans v Washington Wizards Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Washington Wizards return home to the friendly confines of Capitol One Arena on Wednesday to take on the not-so-friendly New Orleans Pelicans.

Game info

When: Wednesday, December 13 at 7 p.m. ET.

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.

TV: Monumental Sports Network

Radio: The Team 980 AM or 106.7-2 FM


Wizards: Delon Wright (left knee, questionable), Daniel Gafford (hip, questionable), Landry Shamet (ribs, out), Ryan Rollins (right knee, out), Johnny Davis (left calf, out)

Pelicans: Matt Ryan (knee, out) , Larry Nance Jr. (ribs, out), Dereon Seabron (undisclosed, questionable)

What to watch for

The Wiz play host to the Pelicans on Wednesday — the team’s first matchup against a Western Conference foe in exactly a dozen games. Perhaps the shift in opponent can help spark a lackluster Washington side that’s struggled to keep games competitive of late.

The Wizards return home after a 2-game road trip wherein the team lost by an average margin of 32 points per contest.

The challenge to tack on another win won’t come easy against the Pels. The visitors are fresh off a resounding 14-point win over the top-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves.

Pelicans star Zion Williamson might have heard all the negative buzz about his weight during the NBA In-Season Tournament. After getting thrashed by the Lakers by 44 points in the In-Season semis, Williamson pounded the T-wolves for a season-high 36 points.

The game will probably be worth tuning into just to watch the Wiz try to contain the hefty lefty Duke alum. With Daniel Gafford’s status for the contest uncertain due to his hop injury, interior defense could be an issue against Zion.