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Wizards at Raptors Pregame: Time To Recoup And Recover

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Regular Season Game 30

Washington at Toronto

December 30, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, PN
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 99.1FM


Last time they met was..

November 28, 2015 – Verizon Center, Washington, DC: Raptors 84, Wizards 82
READ: Game Notebook 14, Wizards vs. Raptors: The Toronto Drakes Get Vengeance (Of Sorts); Wiz Drop 4th Straight


What to watch

Recuperation. Now that a heat-check game after the 4-game winning streak has passed, the Wizards are in position to try and recover and get back to winning. Moreover, they must do it against an inter-conference rival on the road. Things haven’t improved much in the health department for the Wizards and after being humbled by Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan at home, the task of bouncing back in Canada will be a trying one. Gary Neal didn’t get a flight itinerary and won’t make the trip and Bradley Beal is still…you know what, never mind. Key offensive weapons on the roster remain stalled, which means more milking Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre for anything they can contribute.

*DJ Khaled Snapchat moment* Major key: Jared Dudley, who has been MIA on the offensive end in the past two games. Before the Brooklyn game last Saturday, Dudley had scored in double figures in 7 of the previous 9 games. His last two outings: a total of just 3 points on 1-7 shooting. It’s most important for Dudley to get back to some of his scoring ways. It’s a cold world out there. Strive for greatness. Stay blessed.


Key matchup

The Wizards backcourt vs. the best backcourt in the East (yeah I said it)

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have been superb this season and the leading factor for the Raptors being the current 4 seed in the East (one game behind 2nd).

The two-headed dinosaur that is the Lowry-DeRozan duo have put up eerily similar numbers this season:

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A fun fact: of the 32 games played this season, either Lowry or DeRozan have been game-high scorers.

Despite being All-Stars or contingents of Team USA, Lowry and DeRozan have often been overlooked and forgotten in ‘best backcourt’ conversations. This season has catapulted them out of such irreverence and John Wall and whichever companion shares the backcourt with him (peering over at you, Garrett Temple) tonight must be wary of that.


X-factor(s)

Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre. This combo is kinda sorta becoming a pretty solid 1-2 punch at the 3 for the Wizards but it’s not quite there. Not yet, at least. However, because of injuries to key offensive figures it’s what Randy has to work with in terms of putting points on the board. John Wall’s endurance against a depleted cast around him has been memorizing to watch, so there aren’t many reasons as to why Oubre and Otto shouldn’t be shining. Other than the fact, of course, that Otto may be a little ginger from his injury recovery and that Oubre is still in NBA infancy. Still, the shots will be there for them as they always will be, and if the Wizards want to successfully counterattack Lowry/DeRozan, they’ll need to fall.


Fun factor

I’m not sure if this will ever get old. No, actually, it will never get old.

The sweep, and the salt.

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Prediction

Wizards #TakeTheNorth.

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