Wizards-Suns preview

12-7   Wizards  (13-11)   at   Suns  (9-17)

TV Coverage:  NBC Sports Washington

Last game for Washington:  106-92 win at Portland

  • Bradley Beal-51 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Kelly Oubre Jr.-14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Mike Scott-10 points, 7 rebounds

Last game for Phoenix:  126-113 loss at Toronto

  • Devin Booker-19 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists
  • Alex Len-14 points, 7 rebounds
  • Troy Daniels-13 points, 2 rebounds
  • Josh Jackson-13 points, 2 assists

Wizards preview-Washington will once again rely on Beal, who after having four off nights, lit up Portland, by shooting 21-37 from the field, and 5-12 from 3-point range. 

The 37 shots that Beal took was a career high, by 11 shots. The Wizards after the game tonight will have a short flight to Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Saturday afternoon. Washington ranks 13th in the league averaging 0ver 106 points a game, but expect the team to score more than the average, since the Suns allow nearly 116 points a game.

Suns preview-Phoenix, who is in fourth place in the Pacific Division, will be without their top scorer in guard Devin Booker, who is out 2-3 with a left adductor strain, which happened in the fourth quarter on Tuesday night, in Toronto. Booker, who is in his third season with the Suns, is averaging 24.5 points per game. 

The Suns will now have to count on shooting forward, T.J. Warren, who is averaging over 18 points and nearly 6 rebounds a game. Also, expect more contributions from Greg Monroe, who Phoenix acquired in the Eric Bledsoe deal. 

Monroe has started 7 games since the deal, and is averaging nearly 11 points and 7 rebounds per game. Not to mention, point guard Mike James, who will replace Booker in the lineup, and should see an increase in his minutes and points. One player to watch for Phoenix is rookie forward, Josh Jackson. Jackson, who is the backup to Warren, was the 4th overall pick in this year’s draft, and is averaging 9 points per game, but is struggling from 3-point range (24%) and at the free throw line (54.4%), and during certain games this year he has been inconsistent with his play.

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