Wizards at Suns preview: Washington meets Phoenix for the first time this season – archyde

The Washington Wizards compete against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday evening. Here is the preview:

Game information

When and where: Thursday, December 16 at 9 p.m. ET at the Footprint Center

This is how you see / hear: NBC Sports Washington on TV, The Team 980 AM / 106.7-2 FM on the radio

Injury report: For the magician Rui Hachimura (out, in person); Thomas Bryant (from, knee)

For the suns, Abdel Nader (out, knees); Devin Booker (from, hamstring); Dario Saric (from, knee)

What to look out for

The Wizards enter this back-to-back game following a 119-105 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. Bradley Beal’s 30 points were not enough to give Washington a victory. The Wizards shot 47.2 percent out of the field, but it was their afterlife shooting that was worrying and continues to be something the team has struggled with this season. The Wizards were only 20.8 percent off the three-point line, making 5 out of 24 shots. They are now 0-3 in their 6-game trip on the West Coast and have lost the last six of seven games.

The Suns (22-5) won a 111-107 win against the Portland Trail Blazers last Tuesday. Point guard Chris Paul looked like vintage Chris Paul with 24 points and 14 assists, while DeAndre Ayton added 28 points. Phoenix has remained one of the top teams in the NBA after a surprising run to the NBA final last season.

Washington will come into play as an underdog tonight. With their 15-14 record, they have dropped to 8th place in the Eastern Conference ranking. Hopefully they can take a win to stay above .500 this season.


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