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Wizards vs. Wolves Pregame: The Battle For Ultimate Bench Inferiority!

Regular Season Game 35

Wolves (11-24) at Wizards (16-18)

January 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Verizon Center | Washington, DC
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 1500 AM


Last time they met was..

March 2, 2016 – Verizon Center, Washington: Wizards 104, Wolves 98
RECAP: Wizards Slaughter The Wolves In Their Cave


What to watch:

The Wizards back where they win a lot of games: home.

[Photo Credit: Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports]
[Photo Credit: Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports]

The Wizards didn’t fare too well in their Texas Two-Step, losing in Houston and Dallas. Contrast to recent history, the Wizards have been deplorable on the road this season, losing 12 of 15 games away from DC. However they come into tonight’s game in Chinatown riding an 8-game home winning streak.

Here are some glaring discrepancies in production between home and away games for the Wizards:

Wizards OffRtg at home: 108.9
Wizards OffRtg on road: 100.8

Wizards 3PT% at home: 39.7%
Wizards 3PT% on road: 29.9%

Where their isn’t a glaring discrepancy is DefRtg, where only there’s only a 2 point difference between home and away games.

The Wizards are seemingly in position tonight to alleviate some of their struggles in pursuing .500. Let’s see if they can take advantage against an 11-win team who just lost to the Sixers.


Key Matchup:

The Battle for Ultimate Bench Inferiority!

Here is where the Wizards and Wolves rank in bench points per game:

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The Wizards have been able to get elusive productivity from various second unit players at various different times, yanno, like a few Jason Smith midrange jumpers here, a wacky Marcus Thornton dribble-drive and layup there. A random ass 27-point outing from Trey Burke on one night, But still literally nothing from Andrew Nicholson on any night. The fact is that it hasn’t been enough. Moreover, it’s been a complete mystery. Scott Brooks literally has no idea whether one or a few players on his bench will step up, or if they’ll absolutely tank and get blown out by the opposing bench by 30 points (like they have the past two games). Let’s give a #ThanksErnie for this.

Tonight’s bench issues may be alleviated solely on the fact that there’s one bench unit that is worse than the Wizards’, and they’ll be in town tonight. Like the Wizards, the Wolves have a pretty solid starting 5, but beyond them it pretty absurd. Alas, as I’m weary of a #SoWizards performance, here’s to Cole Aldrich and Shabazz Muhammad not having breakout games.


X-Factor:

President Barack Obama.

The Wolves’ matchup tonight against the Wizards was prefaced by a trip to the White House, where the Commander-in-Chief gave some sound advice to the team.

Per Ricky Rubio:

“He said we’ve got to play better defense.”

And so of course the Wolves will do whatever they can tonight to show out to Obama and prove to him that his words resonated with them.


Fun Factor:

Let’s all laugh at Zach LaVine here:


Prediction:

The Wolves neglect their President; win the battle for ultimate bench inferiority, and the Wizards win their 9th straight at the Verizon Center.

Tip-off is at 7PM tonight. See you there!

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