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Wizards vs. Bucks Pregame: Break Out The Dust Pan

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Wizards at Bucks

February 11, 2016 at 8:00 PM
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 99.1FM


Last time they met was..

January 13, 2016 – Verizon Center: Wizards 106, Bucks 101
Game Notebook 37, Wizards vs. Bucks: RECIPE – DC Cooked Venison


What to watch

The Wizards have landed in a dust pan of season sweeps twice already before this season’s All-Star break, having lost all four of their matchups against both the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors. Tonight, though, the Wizards have a chance to reverse their role in this 82 game-long escapade of basketball dominatrix, as they seek to win their fourth and final matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks tonight.

The importance of such an accomplishment, this sweeping of an Eastern Conference foe right before a week-long All-Star break is probably a bit wider than you think. The Wizards have been scathed and blistered by a tumultuously up and down first half of the season, battling a lack of identity (do we really want to be a pace and space team?), battling the affliction of injuries (stay well, Brad), and worst of all, battling the deficiencies of an incompetent coaching staff (#FireWittman). They need tonight more than anything they’ve needed all season. Let’s get it.


Key Matchup

The Wizards vs. the odds of an emerging #WizardsKiller

We’ve already known Khris Middleton to be a certified slaughterer of basketball Wizards and it’s about as annoying as the way he spells his first name. Earlier this season, Giannis Antetokounmpo had his application for #WizardsKiller filled out when he had 23 first half points but it was denied last minute when he finished with just four second half points. Unfortunately, the reapplication process is still open for him tonight. Greg Monroe also has the foundation to become a #WizardsKiller, especially if he plays the way he did against Boston two nights ago, when he raked up 29 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes off the bench. The Bucks are loaded with talent even though their losing record pleads that they don’t.


X-factor

Bradley Beal

The rate at which Bradley Beal has boosted his floor game this season has been far understated and that’s obvious considering he’s only participated in 29 of 50 games (starting in 19 of them). But in spite of missed time, Beal still hasn’t missed a step in his evolution into an offensive menace. Ball-handling, stutter-steps, hesitation moves, step-back jumpers have all been added to his floor repertoire and it’s just been lovely to watch. Beal’s production since returning from injury, particularly his last 5 games, prove that he has already pressed his inner panic button as discussions about a contract extension looms:

Last 5 games:

MPG: 27.8
PPG: 21.2
TS%: .643
3PT%: .429
Total TO: 4

Wall’s averages in less than 30 minutes of burn per night are unquestionably superstar caliber, making his presence on the floor a refreshment for John Wall that’s unquestionably Fresca caliber. With an impressive offensive rating of 115.4, Beal’s value on the floor has become a quench for a Wizards team that has often struggled with the thirst for consistent offensive production.


Fun Factor:

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Prediction

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