This is one of those matchups where the Wizards should not have any trouble winning the game. However, the Wizards seem to underachieve in these games where they should very easily win.
John Wall vs. Kemba Walker: This a very interesting matchup. Defensively, Wall has the advantage but offensively Walker has been playing really well. Having said that, I think Wall will be too much for Walker defensively and it will be a difficult matchup for Walker.
Matchup Winner: John Wall
Bradley Beal vs. Jeremy Lamb: Bradley Beal has been the Wizards’ best player this season. He has been great defensively and offensively and is becoming a superstar. I think the Hornets will have difficulty guarding Beal.
Matchup Winner: Bradley Beal
Otto Porter Jr. vs. Dwayne Bacon: Porter has been another player for the Wizards that has improved since last season. Bacon is only averaging five points per game so I don’t think this matchup will be difficult for Porter.
Matchup Winner: Otto Porter Jr.
Markieff Morris vs. Marvin Williams: Morris has improved since coming back from injury and has been playing as well as he was last year. Williams has only averaged eight points per game so this matchup will not be difficult for Morris.
Matchup Winner: Markieff Morris
Marcin Gortat vs. Dwight Howard: This an easy matchup for the Hornets. Gortat has not been great this season and Howard should win this matchup.
Matchup Winner: Dwight Howard
Score Prediction: Wizards 102 – Hornets 89