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Wizards vs. Raptors Pregame: Homecoming Night!

Regular Season Game 3

Wizards (0-2) at Grizzlies (2-1)

November 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 1500 AM


Last time they met was..

January 26, 2016 – Air Canada Centre: Raptors 106, Wizards 89
Game Notebook 43, Wizards at Raptors: An Identity Crisis


What to watch

A jump start to the Wizards season.

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0-2 is not the way any team wants to start their season. The Wizards are coming off a heart-wrenching overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies after coming back from a deficit they were in the whole game to obtain an eight point lead in the fourth, a barrage of threes from big man Marc Gasol brought Memphis back in the game. John Wall is not one to enjoy losing and will be sure to leave it all on the court to get the Wizards first win.

Playing the Raptors can be uplifting for the Wizards, as their last meeting in the preseason was an obliteration. If John Wall and Bradley Beal get anywhere even near the number of assists as they did that night (11 for Wall; 9 for Beal), it should be a similar outcome when the final buzzer sounds tonight. After his strong showing in the assist column, Beal has only managed five assists in two games this season. Yes he is a shooting guard, but a few more Beal assists can go a long way for the team.

Weak pick-and-roll defense could also be the Wizards demise. It may have been the dirty connection between the heavily overpaid Mike Conley and the big man-turned-Steph in Marc Gasol, but the Wizards pick and roll defense was sub par and led to a good amount of Grizzly buckets throughout the game.


Key Matchup

Bradley Beal vs. the 3-point line

Beal just signed a max contract because of his ability to shoot the ball. He has proven that he can be a dead-eye shooter, but shooting 3’s at a 25 percent clip, he has yet to prove that this season. I’d like for the young fella to go out and earn that money, which we all know he is capable of. It’s the home opener, Beal is comfortable in the Verizon Center, it is time for him to make some thr33s!


X-factor

Markieff Morris.

Morris has had an exceptional season so far. In the short amount of time he is averaging career highs with 17 points per showing and 6 boards. His jump shot has proven to be lethal, and he can give a kick start to the offense if there is a slow start. Against Memphis he came out 5-of-6 to start the game. On top of his basketball ability, Markieff is also pretty intimidating. He will not back down from any matchup and is sure to take advantage of every single one of his opponents weaknesses. Lets not forget his athleticism in transition defense. Morris is known to have backboard shattering pins when chasing down a runaway fast break. Look for Morris to be an impact player, and be a key factor in a possible win.


Fun Factor:

Will DeMar Derozan score more than half of his teams points?

The All-Star shooting guard has averaged an astounding 35 points per game so far. But ot much scoring has come from the rest of the team. Maybe Derozan will attempt a Kobe-ish amount of shots to try and score 60.


Prediction

Wizards are done losing. They will come out strong and John Wall will get 15 assists in a double double effort leading to the Wizards first win.

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