#WizLakers Preview

By: Jeremy Hyman

Last Time vs. Los Angeles

The Wizards defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 116-111 on November 26th at Verizon Center. John Wall led all scorers with 31 points to go along with nine assists and six rebounds. Full Recap

What to Watch For

Snapping a Skid - The Wizards look to snap a mini skid and pick up their first win of the west coast trip when they take on the Lakers tonight at Staples Center. The Wiz will be playing the second night of a back-to-back, while the Lakers have been off since Wednesday. The Wizards have scored over 100 points in their last four games, but have averaged giving up 116.5 in their previous two games out west. With Marcin Gortat questionable to play tonight with a back injury, they'll need their other bigs to step up, primarily on the defensive end to keep a high-scoring team like the Lakers grounded.

Young and Nash Back? - According to multiple reports, the Lakers will have both Nick Young and Steve Nash back in action tonight. The two have missed time with various injuries, but now give the Lakers more weapons and more perimeter shooters to deal with tonight. It's likely that the two of them will play off the bench and there's no telling as to how many minutes they'll log, but we'll have to wait and see how they factor into the gameplan tonight.

Who's Hot

Wizards - John Wall tied a career-high with five made 3-pointers last night, while dishing out 14 assists to go along with his 24 points. He leads the NBA in assists with 598.

Lakers - Xavier Henry scored 24 points off the bench to lead the Lakers in scoring on Wednesday night. He's averaging a career-high 10.0 points per game this season.

X-Factor

Paint Presence - Marcin Gortat is questionable to play tonight for the Wizards, which means the Wiz could be without their top two inside post presences with Nene already out with a knee injury. They have looked to play smaller lineups and have used a combination of Kevin Seraphin, Drew Gooden, and Al Harrington to fill in for their missing starters.

The action kicks off at 10:30pm at Staples Center.

Bradley Beal

vs.

Jodie Meeks

17.1
PPG
15.3
3.7
RPG
2.6
3.3
APG
1.7
.409
FG %
.457

Bradley Beal is averaging 18.5 points so far on this west coast trip, but shooting just 32% from the field (14/41) and 29% from 3-point range (4/14). Beal missed the last #WizLakers game back in November with a stress injury, but will play a key role in tonight's game. The Wizards will look for Beal to give them one of his big time performances to snap their current two game skid.

Jodie Meeks is having a career season for the Lakers, averaging over 15 points per game while shooting 40% from 3-point range. The Wizards will have to be aware of where Meeks is when he looms around the perimeter tonight.

Bradley Beal's Chasedown Block in Overtime.

Wizards
John Wall
6-4 | 207 lbs |
PPG: 19.8 | RPG: 4.2 | APG: 8.8
PG Kendall Marshall
6-4 | 195 lbs |
PPG: 8.5 | RPG: 3.1 | APG: 9.3
Bradley Beal
6-5 | 207 lbs |
PPG: 17.1 | RPG: 3.7 | APG: 3.3
SG Jodie Meeks
6-4 | 210 lbs |
PPG: 15.3 | RPG: 2.6 | APG: 1.7
Trevor Ariza
6-8 | 220 lbs |
PPG: 14.9 | RPG: 6.4 | APG: 2.6
SF Wesley Johnson
6-7 | 215 lbs |
PPG: 9.2 | RPG: 4.1 | APG: 1.4
Trevor Booker
6-8 | 235 lbs |
PPG: 6.5 | RPG: 5.7 | APG: 0.8
PF Ryan Kelly
6-11 | 230 lbs |
PPG: 7.6 | RPG: 3.4 | APG: 1.3
Kevin Seraphin
6-10 | 278 lbs |
PPG: 5.4 | RPG: 2.6 | APG: 0.4
C Pau Gasol
7-0 | 275 lbs |
PPG: 17.8 | RPG: 9.8 | APG: 3.3


Wizards (35-33)
vs.
Lakers (22-45)
100.7
PPG
101.9
42.4
RPG
41.5
23.3
APG
23.7
.454
FG%
.446
.463
OPP FG%
.462
.387
3PT FG%
.382
.731
FT%
.750
14.6
TO
15.4
5-5
Last 10
3-7

Nene (knee) - Out
Marcin Gortat (back) - Questionable


Lakers Kobe Bryant (knee) - Out
Jordan Farmar (groin) - Out
Jordan Hill (knee) - Questionable
Nick Young (knee) - Probable

11/26 - LAL 111 @ WAS 116 3/21 - WAS @ LAL