Wizards-Pelicans preview

3-9  Wizards  (37-28)  at  Pelicans  (38-26)

TV:  8pm  NBC Sports Washington

Last game for Washington:  117-113 ot win vs Miami

  • Bradley Beal-30 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds
  • Tomas Satoansky-19 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds
  • Markieff Morris-16 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists

Last game for New Orleans:  114-101 win at Sacramento

  • Nikola Mirotic-26 points, 10 rebounds
  • Jrue Holiday-23 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds
  • Anthony Davis-17 points, 5 rebounds

Projected Wizards starters-Morris PF, Porter Jr. SF, Gortat C, Beal SG, Satoransky SG

Projected Pelicans starters-Davis PF, Moore SF, Okafor C, Rondo PG, Holiday PG

Washington preview-The Wizards got a huge game from Beal, who was in the midst of a shooting slump, and shot 12-16 from the field and made some key baskets in the victory over Miami, which ended Washington’s three-game losing streak. Otto Porter Jr., will be a game-time decision after bruising his left hip after colliding with Dwyane Wade. Washington defeated New Orleans back on December 19th, 116-106, as Bradley Beal scored 26 and Mike Scott came off the bench to score 24 points in the victory.

New Orleans preview-In one of those weird scenarios from the NBA, the Pelicans have won 10 straight, but remain 13 games behind 1st place Houston, who has won 17 straight games. The team continues to play well, despite the fact that they lost center DeMarcus Cousins for the season with a torn Achilles. The big story coming out of New Orleans, is will forward Anthony Davis play on Friday. Davis, in the victory over Sacramento, rolled his left ankle in the third quarter and will have an mri to see how bad is sprained ankle is. This season, Davis is averaging 28 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists per game. If he can’t go, this will be a huge void for the Pelicans, and they will have to get much more production from Holiday (19 ppg) and Mirotic, who most likely will take Davis’ spot in the starting rotation, and will try to contribute much more, than his 17 ppg average in the last five games.

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