Time: 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
Where to watch: NBCSWA, BSSW-SA
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Wizards -7
BetMGM: Wizards -7
Caesars: Wizards -7
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Wizards - Spurs preview, prediction and analysis
The Washington Wizards will try to end their four-game losing streak Friday when they host the San Antonio Spurs, who are going for their 20th win of the season. Clearly, something has to give here.
The Wizards’ playoff hopes continue to slip now 1.5 games back of the Chicago Bulls for the 10th seed and a spot in the play-in tournament. They’re going to have to make a charge here if they want a chance. But not only have the Wizards lost four straight, they’ve all been by double digits and three of them to playoff teams Denver, Sacramento and Cleveland.
Washington is coming off a 118-104 loss to the Nuggets at home last time out that dropped the Wizards to 32-41. Kristaps Porzingis led the way with 25 points. Denver outscored them 39-15 in the third quarter, which is all you need to know.
“It’s frustrating of course, but we can’t control the circumstances,” Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said “It’s just more, how do we respond to the circumstances? That to me is more important. It’s an indication of who we are collectively and individually."
The Wizards have a good opportunity to get a win against a Spurs team that has been competitive, but they’ve been lacking defense. They’ve played hard to the top of the competition, but the Spurs just don’t have that consistency and they’re now down a lot of key names. They’re coming off a 130-94 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday that no one will want to talk about.
Devin Vassell led the way with 16 points, but shot 5 of 16 from the floor. San Antonio fell to just 6-29 on the road, so of course that’s another situation that doesn’t seem good in their favor.
“They've got their culture down,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “They're confident. They know they can do it if they play the right way, which they do most of the time. Tonight was a good example. I'd love to be able to play them every night. It would be great for our young kids to see how it gets done and how mistakes are made and what's important.”
If Bradley Beal can’t go due to a knee injury, this is something that I don’t think the Wizards can handle, though the Spurs are down a great deal of people. Beal is just another person entirely. Spurs 118, Wizards 116
Projected starting lineup
PG: Tre Jones
SG: Devin Vassell
SF: Keldon Johnson
PF: Jeremy Sochan
C: Zach Collins
PG: Monte Morris
SG: Jordan Goodwin
SF: Corey Kispert
PF: Kristaps Porzingis
C: Daniel Gafford
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