#WizCeltics Preview

By: Jeremy Hyman

Last Time vs. Boston

The Wizards fell to the Boston Celtics 113-111 in overtime on January 22nd at Verizon Center. John Wall posted his second career triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals Full Recap

What to Watch For

Wizards Look to Punch Their Ticket - The Wizards have another chance tonight to punch their ticket to the post-season as a win will see them clinch their first playoff berth since 2008. They had a chance on Monday night, but let a 16 point halftime lead disappear and ended up falling 100-94 in Charlotte. The team has shown resiliency all season and will look to show their ability to bounce back after that frustrating loss on the road. The silver lining may be that they could now clinch at home in front of their own fans. The magic number is one and the Knicks host the Brooklyn Nets tonight. A Knicks' loss would also seal the post-season for the Wizards.

Celtics Struggling on Road - The Celtics are just 8-28 away from home this season and have lost 10 straight road games, but one of those eight wins came at Verizon Center earlier this season and came without Rajon Rondo or Avery Bradley in the lineup. Phil Pressey filled in and scored a career-high 20 points while making his first career start and Jeff Green added 39 points and nine boards in the Celtics' overtime win.

If the Wizards want to clinch tonight, they can't overlook this Celtics team.

Who's Hot

Wizards - Bradley Beal got going on Monday night and led the Wizards with 20 points on 8/12 shooting.

Celtics - Radjon Rondo had 17 points and 11 assists in Monday night's game in Chicago. He's recorded at least 10 assists in five of the team's last six games.

X-Factor

Clinching - The Wizards have the chance to clinch their first playoff berth since 2008 tonight and there's no question the fans in the building will be aware. Expect a great atmosphere at Verizon Center, especially if the game is close in the fourth quarter.

The action kicks off at 7:00pm at Verizon Center.

John Wall

vs.

Rajon Rondo

19.9
PPG
11.5
4.1
RPG
5.0
8.7
APG
9.5
.434
FG %
.388

This will be the first time these two former Kentucky point guards will face each other this season as Rondo was held out with injuries in the previous two meetings. Rondo has started to look like his old self lately, averaging 12.5 assists over the last six games. He's a pass-first point guard but can score when he needs to and is very crafty when he gets into the paint. Even after knee surgery, he's still one of the quicker guards in the league, which should make tonight's matchup with Wall an intriguing one to watch.

Wall Leads Wiz to Win

Wizards
John Wall
6-4 | 207 lbs |
PPG: 19.9 | RPG: 4.1 | APG: 8.7
PG Rajon Rondo
6-4 | 195 lbs |
PPG: 11.5 | RPG: 5.0 | APG: 9.5
Bradley Beal
6-5 | 195 lbs |
PPG: 16.9 | RPG: 3.7 | APG: 3.4
SG Avery Bradley
6-2 | 180 lbs |
PPG: 14.2 | RPG: 3.7 | APG: 1.3
Trevor Ariza
6-8 | 220 lbs |
PPG: 14.8 | RPG: 6.3 | APG: 2.6
SF Jeff Green
6-9 | 235 lbs |
PPG: 16.7 | RPG: 4.7 | APG: 1.6
Trevor Booker
6-8 | 235 lbs |
PPG: 6.3 | RPG: 5.5 | APG: 0.9
PF Brandon Bass
6-8 | 250 lbs |
PPG: 10.9 | RPG: 5.7 | APG: 1.0
Marcin Gortat
6-11 | 240 lbs |
PPG: 12.8 | RPG: 9.4 | APG: 1.6
C Kris Humphries
6-9 | 235 lbs |
PPG: 8.6 | RPG: 6.0 | APG: 1.0


Wizards (38-36)
vs.
Celtics (23-51)
100.6
PPG
95.4
42.4
RPG
42.8
23.1
APG
20.7
.455
FG%
.433
.461
OPP FG%
.459
.387
3PT FG%
.330
.733
FT%
.773
14.7
TO
15.3
5-5
Last 10
1-9

Nene (knee) - Out


Celtics Vitor Faverani (knee) - Out
Gerald Wallace (knee) - Out
Avery Bradley (ankle) - Day-to-Day

12/21 - WAS 106 @ BOS 99 1/22 - BOS 113 @ WAS 111 (OT)
4/2 - BOS @ WAS 4/16 - WAS @ BOS