Preview: Wizards Look to Regain Momentum Against Kings

Game 5-Washington  (1-3)  at  Sacramento  (2-3)

TV:  10pm  NBC Sports Washington

Last game:  Washington lost to Golden State  144-122

  • Bradley Beal-23 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds
  • Kelly Oubre Jr.-17 points, 4 rebounds
  • Markieff Morris-14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists

Projected Wizards starters-Smith, Morris, Porter Jr., Wall, Beal

Projected Kings starters-Bjelica- Jackson, Cauley-Stein, Fox, Hield

Latest with Washington-The Wizards were close early on against Golden State, but the firepower of the Warriors took over, as Washington gave up 80, that is right, 80 points in the first half. Overall, it was a rough night for DC, as they allowed the two-time defending champions to shoot nearly 58 percent from the field, and 46 percent from 3-point range, highlighted by Steph Curry, who made 11 3-pointers, and scored a game high 51 points for Golden State. Washington is 6th in the NBA in scoring, putting up 118 points per game, but are next to last in points allowed, at 124.5 points per game. Dwight Howard still remains out, and the Wizards other center, Ian Mahinmi, will be a game-time decision. Mahinmi missed Wednesday nights game with a back injury, as well. The Wizards won both of their meetings last year against Sacramento, and in both games Wall led the team in scoring, as he averaged 20 points a game. After the game, Washington will fly to Los Angeles for a Sunday night game against the Clippers.

Latest with Sacramento-The team has won 2 of its last 3 games, including a 97-92 win at home over the Memphis Grizzlies. Sacramento, who has the youngest team in the NBA, got 23 points from guard Buddy Hield, and 21 points from fellow guard De’Aaron Fox. Fox leads the team in scoring, as he is averaging nearly 18 points a game. The Kings do have other talented players on the team, including former 1st round picks, Willie Cauley-Stein, who is second on the team in scoring (16 ppg), and last year’s 1st round selection, Marvin Bagley Jr., (14 ppg). Sacramento is somewhat similar to Washington, as they are 8th in the NBA in scoring (117.2), and 28th in points allowed (122). Iman Shumpert is questionable for the game with a hip injury, while center Kosta Koufos, should return from a hamstring injury, but will have to wait and see how much playing time he gets. 

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