Washington Wizards vs Oklahoma City Thunder Preview


Wizards 25-33 vs Thunder 20-39

When: Friday, April 23rd, at 8p.m.

Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

TV: NBCSWA, NBA League Pass / Radio: WFED 1500 AM


Injury

Wizards: Thomas Bryant (Out/ Left ACL Surgery), Rui Hachimura (Out/ Knee), Deni Avdija (Out/ Right Leg Fracture)

Thunder: Gabriel Deck (Out/ Not With Team), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Out/Foot), Josh Hall (Out/Knee), Mike Muscala (Out/Ankle)


Wizards -

114.1 - points per game

118.0 - points against

46.9 - Field Goal %


Thunder -

105.5 - points per game

114.4 - points against

44.5 - Field Goal %


Keep an eye on:

Brad Beal vs Lu Dort: Will be an interesting match-up. Beal, who is in a battle with Steph Curry for the scoring crown, comes in to tonight's game red hot averaging 32 points a game over Washington's last three games, including, a 30 point outing against OKC on Monday. Thunder guard Lu Dort didn't play in Monday's game, he will tonight and will be key in which team wins. Dort has established himself as one of the leagues premier defenders after a masterful performance last year in the playoffs, however, Dort has also improved as a scoring threat. Dort is averaging 13.9 points on 35 percent shooting from three point range this season and that came in handy when Dort dropped a career high 42 points on 7-11 shooting from deep. Can Dort shut down Beal? No, but he is capable of making life tough for Beal defensively and keeping Beal honest offensively. Tonight should be a fun chess match between the two.


Darius Bazley: shined in Monday's loss to Washington. The second year forward finished with a team high 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, but his biggest impact came defensively as he used his 6'8 frame, elite athleticism and 7'0 wingspan to help frustrate Russell Westbrook to 5-18 shooting and 8 turnovers. Bazley's overall impact kept OKC in the game during stretches where the Wizards were poised to pull away for good. Bazley is a unique talent and the Wizards got an up close look at his unique ability. Containing him will disrupt a lot of things OKC wants to do and put Washington in a good spot to win their 7th in a row. .

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