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Washington Wizards vs Indiana Pacers Preview

Wizards 21-29 vs Pacers 32-17

When: Wednesday, January 30th, at 8 p.m.

Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.

TV: ESPN/ NBCSWA, FSIND / Radio: 1500 AM, 1070 The Fan/ 107.5 FM

Injury

Wizards: Dwight Howard (Day to Day/ Back), John Wall (Out for the season/ Haglund’s deformity and chronic Achilles tendon injury), Markieff Morris (Day to Day/ Stinger, Neck Stiffness),

Pacers: Victor Oladipo (Out for the Season/Ruptured Right Quad), Tyreke Evans (Out/ Sore Lower Back)

Wizards –

112.8 – points per game

115.9 – points against

46.4 – Field goal %

Pacers –

108.7 – points per game

103.8 – points against

47.8 – field goal %

 Keep an eye on:

DEFENSE/Rebounding: For Washington over the last two games have been subpar. No surprise both have been losses. In losses to the Spurs and Cavs, Washington has allowed 55 percent shooting from the field, 45 percent shooting from 3-point range and have been outrebounded 116-84. Hard to overcome those things to win. It’s been a reoccurring theme his season, when the Wizards don’t rebound and defend with intensity, they lose, It’s that simple.

Don’t sleep on the Pacers: Yes, all-star guard Victor Oladipo went down for the season with a ruptured Quad and the Pacers have since lost every game since, however, they’re still a team to deal with. Indiana have six players that average between 9.9 to 16 points per game, creating a balanced attack of efficient inside-outside scoring. The Pacers inside attack with Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis is especially potent. Turner is averaging 12.9 points, 7.2 rebounds a NBA leading 2.8 blocks on 50 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent shooting from deep while Sabonis is averaging 14.7 points and 9.4 rebounds on 61 percent shooting from the field, 77 percent from deep and 75 percent from the free throw line. They score efficiently inside and out, defend and rebound. Washington as a team will have to be alert otherwise it will be a long night.

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