Washington Wizards vs Oklahoma City Thunder Preview
Wizards 20-20 vs Thunder 13-26
When: Tuesday, January 11th, at 7:00p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
TV: NBCS Washington, Bally Sports Oklahoma
Radio: The Team 980, WFED 1500 AM/ WWLS 98.1FM OKC
Wizards: Thomas Bryant (Out, Left ACL), Brad Beal (Out/ Health and safety protocols)
Thunder: Vit Krejci (Out, G-League Assignment), Isaiah Roby (Out/ Health and safety protocols), Kenrich Williams (Out/ Health and safety protocols)
Keep an eye on:
Controlling The Boards: is mandatory every night, yet, especially against OKC. The Thunder come in 6th in the league in rebounding at slightly above 46 boards per game. They have eight players, led by talented rookie Josh Giddey who leads the team with 7.5 rebounds per game, snatching down between 4 to 7.5 rebounds per game. They're not that potent offensively, however, if the Thunder control the boards, that means extra possessions which means the likelihood of defensive breakdowns and extra scoring opportunities.
Feed Kuzma: should be priority on offense with Brad Beal back out due to Health and Safety protocol. He has earned that role now. Kuzma has been on a terror lately, averaging 22.2 points on 48.6 percent shooting over the last 10 games for Washington, including a 27 points, 22 rebound performance in Washington's win over Orlando Sunday. Kuzma is playing at a high level and he should be able to open things up for teammates to get easier scoring opportunities while still maintaining the high level of play he has over the last 10 games.