#WizCeltics Preview

By: Jeremy Hyman

Last Season vs. Boston

The Celtics won the season series, 3-0.

What to Watch For

Wizards Look to Continue Road Streak - The Wizards swept through New York, beating the Knicks at MSG on Monday and then the Nets at Barclays on Wednesday. Today, they'll look to continue their road streak through the northeast by beating the Atlantic Division leading Boston Celtics in their place. It would be the first time the Wizards win three straight road games since April of 2012.

New, Balanced Celtics - This is a much different Celtics team than the one we've seen over the past six years. Rajon Rondo is still out as he recovers from an ACL injury, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are in Brooklyn, and Doc Rivers is coaching in L.A. But, these Celtics still have talent and are built around a lot of good players rather than any stars. The former Georgetown Hoya Jeff Green is their leading scorer at 16.4 ppg and Jared Sullinger is now their best offensive post player. The Wizards will need to be ready for a balanced attack from this Celtics squad tonight.

Who's Hot

Wizards - Bradley Beal has shot 6/9 from 3-point range since returning from his stress injury on Monday. He averaged 18.0 points in 29.5 minutes per game and came up with some big shots in crunch time to seal a couple of road wins for the Wizards in New York.

Celtics - Jared Sullinger is averaging 20.7 points per game over the Celtics last three games.

X-Factor

Early Start - With a 1pm tip-off time, the players routines will be a little different than a normal night game. We'll have to wait and see if that effects the outcome of this one.

The action kicks off at 1:00pm at the TD Garden.

John Wall

vs.

Jordan Crawford

19.6
PPG
13.9
4.4
RPG
3.3
9.1
APG
5.5
.417
FG %
.436

John Wall is averaging 20.6 points, 9.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds in his last seven games. Today, he goes up against a familiar face in Jordan Crawford, who used to play both alongside and behind Wall in Washington. While Wall is more of a natural point guard than Crawford, JC was always an underrated passer and is capable of tallying double-digit assists on any given night. There is also no shot he won't take and make, which makes him a threat wherever he is on the floor. Crawford has found a nice home in Boston and is having a fine year filling in for the injured Rajon Rondo.

John Wall shows his great speed and defensive prowess against Brooklyn.

Wizards
John Wall
6-4 | 207 lbs |
PPG: 19.6 | RPG: 4.4 | APG: 9.1
PG Jordan Crawford
6-4 | 195 lbs |
PPG: 13.9 | RPG: 3.3 | APG: 5.5
Bradley Beal
6-5 | 195 lbs |
PPG: 20.3 | RPG: 4.3 | APG: 3.4
SG Avery Bradley
6-2 | 180 lbs |
PPG: 13.5 | RPG: 4.0 | APG: 1.3
Trevor Ariza
6-8 | 220 lbs |
PPG: 15.2 | RPG: 5.8 | APG: 2.5
SF Jeff Green
6-9 | 235 lbs |
PPG: 16.4 | RPG: 4.6 | APG: 1.6
Trevor Booker
6-8 | 234 lbs |
PPG: 6.6 | RPG: 6.0 | APG: 1.2
PF Brandon Bass
6-8 | 250 lbs |
PPG: 11.2 | RPG: 6.3 | APG: 1.3
Marcin Gortat
6-11 | 240 lbs |
PPG: 12.8 | RPG: 9.0 | APG: 1.8
C Jared Sullinger
6-9 | 280 lbs |
PPG: 14.2 | RPG: 7.1 | APG: 1.8


Wizards (11-13)
vs.
Celtics (12-15)
98.9
PPG
95.4
42.3
RPG
41.4
23.1
APG
18.4
.444
FG%
.454
.465
OPP FG%
.446
.393
3PT FG%
.357
.737
FT%
.769
15.9
TO
16.1
5-5
Last 10
6-4

Al Harrington (knee) - Out
Glen Rice (wrist) - Out


Celtics Rajon Rondo (knee) - Out

12/21 - WAS @ BOS 1/22 - BOS @ WAS
4/2 - BOS @ WAS 4/16 - WAS @ BOS