#WizBucks Preview

By: Jeremy Hyman

Last Time vs. Milwaukee

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.

What to Watch For

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.

Who's Hot

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.

X-Factor

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

vs.

John Henson

13.2
PPG
10.4
9.2
RPG
6.4
1.6
APG
1.6
.554
FG %
.500

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.

Gortat's Rejection.

Wizards
John Wall
6-4 | 207 lbs |
PPG: 19.0 | RPG: 4.4 | APG: 9.2
PG Brandon Knight
6-3 | 189 lbs |
PPG: 9.4 | RPG: 2.3 | APG: 4.2
Martell Webster
6-7 | 230 lbs |
PPG: 12.4 | RPG: 4.8 | APG: 2.3
SG OJ Mayo
6-5 | 200 lbs |
PPG: 14.8 | RPG: 3.4 | APG: 2.7
Trevor Ariza
6-8 | 220 lbs |
PPG: 15.9 | RPG: 5.7 | APG: 2.2
SF Khris Middleton
6-7 | 215 lbs |
PPG: 10.4 | RPG: 3.6 | APG: 1.6
Nene
6-11 | 250 lbs |
PPG: 15.1 | RPG: 6.5 | APG: 2.9
PF Ekpe Udoh
6-10 | 245 lbs |
PPG: 5.1 | RPG: 4.1 | APG: 0.9
Marcin Gortat
6-11 | 240 lbs |
PPG: 13.3 | RPG: 9.2 | APG: 1.6
C John Henson
6-11 | 220 lbs |
PPG: 10.4 | RPG: 6.4 | APG: 1.6


Wizards (9-9)
vs.
Bucks (3-15)
99.1
PPG
90.3
41.1
RPG
39.7
23.7
APG
21.3
.447
FG%
.417
.465
OPP FG%
.465
.400
3PT FG%
.382
.739
FT%
.779
15.7
TO
16.7
7-3
Last 10
1-9

Otto Porter (hip) - Gametime Decision
Al Harrington (knee) - Out
Bradley Beal (fibula) - Out


Bucks Carlos Delfino (foot) - Out
Larry Sanders (thumb) - Out
Caron Butler (knee) - Out
Zaza Pachulia (foot) - Out
Ekpe Udoh (ankle) - Questionable

11/26 - WAS 100 @ MIL 92 (OT) 12/6 - MIL @ WAS
3/8 - WAS @ MIL 4/12 - MIL @ WAS