By: Jeremy Hyman
The Wizards defeated the Bucks, 100-92, in overtime on November 27th in Milwaukee. Marcin Gortat led the Wizards with 25 points and eight boards on 11/12 shooting.
Wizards Look to Go Over .500 - The Wizards will look to go over .500 for the first time in over four years tonight as a win will move them to 10-9 on the season. A win would also be their sixth straight at home, a feat they accomplished last season. Over their last nine games, the Wizards are 7-2 and are holding their opponents to just 94.8 points per game. That's almost 10 points per game fewer than they allowed during their first nine games, where they went 2-7.
Offensive Struggles - The Bucks enter tonight's game ranked 29th in the league in both points (90.3) and field-goal percentage (41.7). Offense has been tough to come by all season, but over their last three games they are averaging 96.7 points per game and got a season-high 22 points off the bench from Wizards killer Ersan Ilyasova on Wednesday night against Detroit. Despite their record, they can't be taken lightly and the Wizards will need to come out as the aggressor to continue their home winning streak.
Wizards - The Wiz enter the game having won seven of their last nine.
Bucks - Ersan Ilyasova had a season-high 22 points on Wednesday night against Detroit.
Otto Back? - Otto Porter will be a gametime decision and if he does play it will be his NBA debut. The Wizards have been searching for scoring off the bench and Porter could very well be the lift they need.
The action kicks off at 7:00pm at Verizon Center.
Marcin Gortat had his best game of the season when these two teams last met as he knocked down his first nine shots of the game and finished the contest with 25 points on 11/12 from the field. Gortat has been in double figures in six straight games and has fit in nicely as the Wizards new man in the middle.
John Henson enters the game fourth in the NBA in blocked shots at 2.2 per game. He had three blocks in Wednesday night's game against Detroit, his 11th multi-block game of the year. For a team struggling, Henson has been one of the lone bright spots this season for Milwaukee, as the second year center has scored in double figures in three straight games and had his first double-double of the season in a win over Boston on November 30th.
Henson is leaner and more athletic than Gortat, but Marcin has the experience and is a more polished post-player. It should be a good battle down low between the two of them.