Washington Wizards vs Chicago Bulls Preview
Wizards 19-19 vs Bulls 25-10
When: Friday, January 7th, at 8:00p.m.
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
TV: NBCS Washington +, NBC Sports Chicago, League Pass
Radio: The Team 980, WFED 1500 AM/ 1200 AM
Wizards: Montrezl Harrell (Out/ Health and safety protocols), Thomas Bryant (Out, Left ACL), Anthony Gill (Out/ Health and safety protocols), Rui Hachimura (Questionable/ Return to competition reconditioning), Davis Bertans (Out/ Left Foot Sprain), Brad Wanamaker (Out/ Health and safety protocols), Tremont Waters (Out/ Health and safety protocols)
Bulls: Alex Caruso (Out/ Health and Safety Protocols and Foot), Tyler Cook (Out/ Ankle), Javonte Green (Out/ Adductor), Patrick Williams (Out/ Dislocated Wrist)
Keep an eye on:
Free Throw Shooting: in this contest for various reasons. The most important thing is to keep Chicago off the free throw line, where they are currently 4th in the league in Free throw percentage, hitting a little over 81 percent this season. For this to come to fruition, Washington has to defend with their feet instead of their hands, which they did a horrible job of doing in their loss to Houston as the Rockets finished with 32 free throw attempts, making 25 of them. Brad Beal also fouled out. Washington has to play sound defense or Chicago will will runaway with the game in a easy fashion.
Not Settling for 3's: Kuzma 0-8, Avdija 1-7, Kispert 1-5 from deep in their loss to the Rockets. Washington as a team shot 10-39....they lost by three. Settling for three pointers have more times than not resulted in a loss for Washington this season. Adjusting and attacking the basket or dribbling in and shooting a mid-range jumper is something they should do when their deep ball isn't falling. They score well in the paint (52 points in the paint vs Houston) and they have a number of guys who can score in a myriad of ways. Don't settle, attack the opposition and keep pressure on them.