Pistons At Wizards Preview

Tonight at 7:00 PM the Washington Wizards will meet the Detroit Pistons in D.C for the third game in as many nights for the Wizards.

Past Match-Up

On February 12 the Washington Wizards met the Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills and won decisively, 98 to 77.

John Wall had a season high 15 assists and held his Kentucky counterpart, Brandon Knight, to only two points and two assists.

The Wizards also got a big night from now former Wizard, JaVale McGee. McGee had a dominate game scoring 22 points and he pulled down 11 rebounds. In doing so, he outplayed the Pistons’ young up and coming star big man, Greg Monroe.

Rashard Lewis also had a notable game that night. He reached 15,000 points for his career in Detroit that night, and became the third player in NBA history to score 15,000 points, grab 5,000 rebounds, and make 1,5000 three-pointers in the process.

Key Match-Up

John Wall and Brandon Knight are two of the quickest young guards in the league. Wall will look to utilize his size advantage, and take control of the match-up like he did last month. Coming off a 5 for 17 shooting night, Wall will need a bounce-back  game against Knight and the Pistons.

Although Knight is being overshadowed by other rookie guards such as Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving and the now-injured Ricky Rubio, he’s still averaging a solid 12.6 points per game and 3.6 assists. Wall needs to slow Knight down in order to control the game.

Other Notes

Nene was out Sunday night in Boston due to back spasms. He is questionable for tonight’s game against Detroit.

Keys to Victory

Coming in at 28th in the league in scoring and rebounding, the Detroit Pistons have not yet found an identity. They struggle to score the basketball, and they often rely on a single player such as Rodney Stuckey or Ben Gordon — who scored 45 points Wednesday night — to carry the scoring load.

Doing the small things such as making the extra pass or grabbing offensive rebounds can lead the Wizards to a victory.

With John Wall coming off a few bad nights, I expect him to come out strong and aggressive against Detroit. If Wall does, I predict that the Wizards will get their 12th victory of the season by a score of 95 to 86.

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