Washington Wizards: How to watch, injury report, and prediction

Washington Wizards John Wall and Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Washington Wizards John Wall and Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Washington Wizards will return home to host the Oklahoma City Thunder. Both teams have struggled and are in need of a win.

The Oklahoma City Thunder look to continue the momentum they built off their recent victory against the Charlotte Hornets. On the other hand, the Washington Wizards are in desperation of a win after being dismantled by the Memphis Grizzlies.

The one thing that Wizards can look forward to in this game is the debut of Dwight Howard. He’s finally overcome his butt injury and is ready to suit up and hopefully assume starter minutes.

Washington has lacked an interior presence for the first 7 games of the season and it’s been hard to watch. Markieff Morris has done the best he can, while Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith have done absolutely nothing but showcase how bad they truly are.

Both teams need to start trending in the right direction to get their season and records back on track.

Let’s take a look at the game details below.

Game Info

Game: Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

When: Friday, November 02

Where: Capitol One Arena

TV: NBC Sports WashingtonFubo TV, ESPN

Tip-Off Time: 8:00 pm Eastern Time

Injury Report

Wizards: Markieff Morris (Concussion symptoms-Probable)

Thunder: Andre Roberson (Knee-Out)

Projected Starting Lineup

Wizards: G-John Wall, G-Bradley Beal, F- Otto Porter Jr., F-Markieff Morris, C-Dwight Howard

Thunder: G-Russell Westbrook, G-Terrance Ferguson, F-Paul George, F-Jerami Grant, C-Steven Adams


Roster wise, these teams are pretty evenly matched. Both have two superstars who don’t really receive any additional help. Westbrook and George occasionally get help from Adams or Dennis Schroder and Wall and Beal get help, well, from no one.

Kelly Oubre Jr. has performed well and demonstrated that he needs to be on the floor at all times, but nothing has been delivered by anyone else on the roster. Disappointing I know, but at least the team gets Howard back in the lineup. Hopefully this can be the spark that Washington desperately seeks.

The Wizards haven’t been playing any defense as they are ranked last in the league. On top of that, they play to much isolation basketball. The team doesn’t look unified on any aspects.

Wall and Beal need to do a better job at providing veteran leadership. Put the team first and play selfless, otherwise the disappointing feeling will never go away for the remainder of the season.

It will be fun to see the Westbrook, George, Wall, and Beal duke it out in what should be another high scoring affair. The trash talking will be quite entertaining.

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I’m going to take the Wizards in this game. It will be a close one, but with the return home from the long gruesome road-trip and the debut of Superman, the Wiz should have all the momentum to pull this one out.

Final Score- OKC-113, WSH-117

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