4-3 Washington (42-35) at Houston (62-15)
TV: 8pm NBC Sports Washington
Last game for Washington: 113-94 loss at Chicago
- Otto Porter Jr.-17 points, 3 rebounds
- Bradley Beal-15 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds
- Mike Scott-14 points, 4 rebounds
Last game for Houston: 100-83 loss at San Antonio
- James Harden-25 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds
- Eric Gordon-18 points, 3 rebounds
- Clint Capela-11 points, 10 rebounds
Projected Wizards starters-Morris PF, Porter Jr. SF, Gortat C, Beal SG, Wall PG
Projected Rockets starters-Ariza PF, Tucker PF, Capela C, Harden PG, Paul SG
Washington preview-The Wizards were soundly defeated by the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, not only because John Wall did not play due to a coaches decision, but they allowed Chicago to convert 18 3-pointers, which tied a Bulls franchise record, and the most Washington has given up this season. Also, turnovers reared its ugly head again for Washington, as they committed 17 turnovers, which led to 19 Bulls points. In the previous meeting, Washington defeated Houston back on December 29th, 121-103. In that game, Porter led the Wizards with 26 points and 7 assists.
Houston preview-If anyone were to take down the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference, it is this team. The Rockets own the best record in the NBA, and have home-field advantage throughout the NBA playoffs. Sunday’s loss to the Spurs, in which the team admitted they were not focused after clinching the conference, ended the team’s 11 game winning streak. Chris Paul, who did not play in the loss, will be playing against Washington, as the team admitted they need to play together and not rest. Harden still leads the league in scoring (30.6 ppg).