#WizWolves Preview

By: Jeremy Hyman

Last Season vs. Minnesota

The Wizards and Timberwolves split the season series, 1-1. Each team won on their home floor.

What to Watch For

Offense Offense Offense - The Wolves come in to tonight's game ranked third in the NBA in points per game (108.5) and last week scored 70 points in a half in a win over the Cavs. While the Wizards are averaging just over 100 points per game (100.5, ranked 14th), they have also allowed over 100 points in every game but one this season. With two of the leading assist men in the league facing off against one another (Wall & Rubio), expect a lot of offense in tonight's contest.

Points in the Paint - Led by early MVP candidate Kevin Love, the Wolves rank second in the NBA in both field goals made and attempted from within five feet from the basket. Love and Nikola Pekovic are one of the Western Conferences most prolific post tandems in the league, but the Wizards have a formidable duo of their own in Nene and Marcin Gortat. The battle down low and points in the paint will be something to watch for when the Wizards and Wolves do battle tonight.

Who's Hot

Wizards - Bradley Beal had another fine showing on Saturday night, scoring a team-high 28 points to bring his season average back over 20 points per game. He's quickly become an elite scorer in the league and will need to score against such an offensive-minded team in Minnesota.

Wolves - Kevin Love is playing like an MVP right now, averaging nearly 27 points per game and pulling down 13.6 rebounds per game. He's scored at least 20 points in all but one game and has recorded a double-double in 10 of the Wolves' 11 games.

X-Factor

Martell Webster - With Trevor Ariza sidelined with a hamstring injury, the Wizards will call upon Martell Webster to start again tonight and they'll need his three-point shooting to keep up with the Timberwolves offensive attack. Webster was just 2-8 from beyond the arc on Saturday, but will look to get his shooting stroke going again tonight against his old team.

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

John Wall

vs.

Ricky Rubio

16.1
PPG
8.0
4.4
RPG
4.8
9.1
APG
9.6
.365
FG %
.326

Another game, another great point guard battle in the NBA as again two of the top young point guards in the league square off. While Wall can score in a variety of ways, Rubio can distribute in a variety of ways and does so as good as anyone in the league. He's a masterful passer who often times finds creative ways to get his teammates involved. The Wizards will need to stay alert and active in the passing lanes tonight as they try and shut down Rubio and the Wolves.

John Wall finds Martell Webster for one of his 12 assists on Saturday night.

Wizards
John Wall
6-4 | 207 lbs |
PPG: 16.1 | RPG: 4.4 | APG: 9.1
PG Ricky Rubio
6-4 | 185 lbs |
PPG: 8.0 | RPG: 4.8 | APG: 9.6
Bradley Beal
6-5 | 195 lbs |
PPG: 20.2 | RPG: 3.7 | APG: 3.1
SG Kevin Martin
6-7 | 197 lbs |
PPG: 24.4 | RPG: 3.6 | APG: 2.1
Martell Webster
6-7 | 230 lbs |
PPG: 10.4 | RPG: 4.6 | APG: 1.4
SF Corey Brewer
6-9 | 185 lbs |
PPG: 13.7 | RPG: 2.5 | APG: 1.5
Nene
6-11 | 250 lbs |
PPG: 14.0 | RPG: 5.6 | APG: 2.4
PF Kevin Love
6-10 | 243 lbs |
PPG: 26.8 | RPG: 13.6 | APG: 4.5
Marcin Gortat
6-11 | 285 lbs |
PPG: 12.7 | RPG: 9.9 | APG: 1.0
C Nikola Pekovic
6-11 | 285 lbs |
PPG: 13.7 | RPG: 9.0 | APG: 1.1


Wizards (2-7)
vs.
Timberwolves (7-4)
100.0
PPG
108.5
41.9
RPG
45.5
23.6
APG
24.6
.428
FG%
.441
.483
OPP FG%
.449
.391
3PT FG%
.349
.692
FT%
.817
16.2
TO
15.3
2-7
Last 10
7-4

Otto Porter (hip) - Out
Chris Singleton (foot) - Out
Trevor Ariza (hamstring) - Questionable
Al Harrington (knee) - Questionable


Wolves Chase Buddinger (knee) - Out
Ronny Turiaf (elbow) - Out
Shabazz Muhammad (ankle) - Quest.

11/19 - MIN @ WAS 12/27 - WAS @ MIN