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Washington Wizards vs Phoenix Suns Preview

Wizards 19-32 vs Suns 36-15

When: Saturday, April 10th, at 10p.m.

Where: Phoenix Arena, Phoenix, AZ

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


Wizards: Thomas Bryant (Out/ Left ACL Surgery), Brad Beal (Out/ Back), Davis Bertans (Out/ Rest)

Suns: Abdel Nader (Out/ Knee)

Wizards -

113.5 - points per game

120.2 - points against

46.6 - Field Goal %

Suns -

114.4 - points per game

107.4 - points against

48.9 - Field Goal %

Keep an eye on:

Attacking The Basket: and not settling for jumpers is a must for Washington, especially with Brad Beal being doubtful to play. Washington has been very successful at getting to the free throw line this season, they rank 3rd in free throw makes at nearly 20 a game and they're 2nd in the NBA in free throw attempts. Phoenix, while being formidable for stretches defensively, also commits their fair share of fouls, ranking 19th in the NBA in fouls committed at 19.5 per game. Getting to the line means controlling the pace of the game, having opportunities for easy points and getting key players out the game due to foul trouble, which will force the Suns to make adjustments they wouldn't have had to do otherwise. At the end of the day, it's advantage Wizards.

Return of Daniel Gafford: is a huge boost for Washington as their team is finally getting healthy at the right time. Gafford brings an athletic dimension to Washington that they haven't had since Thomas Bryant went down. Gafford is a quality rim protector, rebounder and lob threat, which results in easy baskets for Washington, which at times is in rare supply. During his two games with Washington before he went down with an ankle sprain, Gafford averaged 12 points, 5.5 rebounds and a team high 2.5 blocks per game on 76 percent shooting from the field and 80 percent shooting from the line. Trust me, he will be receiving a LOT of welcome back big fella greetings. Additionally, Gafford will be playing limited minutes tonight.

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