By: Jeremy Hyman
The Wizards defeated the Bobcats 97-83 on January 7th in Charlotte. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 21 points. Full Recap
Two Teams in New Spots - Over the last few years, when these two teams met this late in the season it had no impact on the postseason picture. But, that has changed this year as both the Wizards and Bobcats are positioned to make the playoffs. Both teams are on the rise and both are playing very sound basketball of late. The Wizards are 8-2 over their last ten games, while the Bobcats are 6-4. The Cats have won seven in a row at home, but have dropped four in a row on the road. With their 30 wins on the season, they have surpassed their total of 28 wins from the previous two seasons combined.
Shutting Down Big Al - The last time these two teams met, Marcin Gortat held Al Jefferson to a season-low six points on 3/9 shooting. Since then, Jefferson has been one of the league's most dominant players, bumping his points per game from just over 17 to over 21, while helping fuel a playoff run for the Bobcats. Gortat himself has been on quite a tear of late, pulling down a season-high 18 rebounds on Monday night in Miami. That battle down low could be one of the main factors in the outcome of tonight's game.
Wizards - Marcin Gortat is averaging 16.9 points and 11.3 re bounds per game in his last seven games. He's coming off a 14 point - 18 rebound effort in Miami on Monday.
Bobcats - Al Jefferson has been on a tear over the last couple of months and is the Bobcats leading scorer and rebounder. He's averaging 26.9 points over the Cats last seven games and is coming off a 26 point - 13 rebound effort in a win over Denver on Monday.
Martell Webster - Webster came off the bench and scored 17 points while knocking down four 3-pointers on Monday night. That was the most 3-pointers he's made since hitting six on February 7th vs. Cleveland.
The action kicks off at 7:00pm from Verizon Center.
Wall and Walker have had some good battles over the last couple of years and now have their teams in position to make the playoffs. Walker is coming off a big game, in which he put up 24p-7r-6a in a win over the Nuggets on Monday night. Wall leads the NBA in assists with 555 and was named to his first All-Star Game back in February. These two guys can bring the best out of one another and it's always entertaining for the fans to watch these quick guards go at it.
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