When: 7:00 pm EST
Where: Capital One Arena; Washington DC
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
The Wizards, despite their record, have been better than expected this season. A roster composed of Bradley Beal and several Lakers castoffs wasn’t supposed to be good. They’re not good, but they’re not the train wreck dumpster fire they were supposed to be.
That starts with Bradley Beal, who’s way too good to be playing on a bad team (something we’re all familiar with). He’s averaging 30.3 points and 6.7 assists per game, tops on the team in both categories. Behind him are five surprising players averaging double figures—Thomas Bryant, Rui Hachimura, Isaiah Thomas, Moritz Wagner, and Davis Bertans.
That offensive firepower has contributed to a team that has one of the most dichotomous teams you’ll ever see when it comes to playing both sides of the court. The Wizards have a very efficient offense—they have the second best offensive rating in the league. That combined with their fast pace of play has them averaging 119.7 points per game. For as good as their offense is, their defense is equally as bad. They have the second worst defense in the league and give up 121.1 points per game. That makes for games that average 240.8 combined points. The league hasn’t seen that numbers like that since Doug Moe’s run-and-gun Nuggets teams of the 1980s.
The Wizards have been playing teams tough of late. They’ve beaten the Timberwolves (by 21) and the Spurs in their last three with a close loss at the Magic sandwiched in between. They’ll have this Hornets game penciled in as a win.
The Hornets, at the very least, should be able to get their sputtering offense rolling again. The team hasn’t topped 100 points in either of its last two games after barely scraping by that mark against a Knicks team that’s currently last place in the Eastern Conference. Points will be scored, which should make this game very entertaining viewing for your Friday night.