DC3: Three questions for Washington Wizards at Houston Rockets

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Washington Wizards, Bradley Beal
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Can the Wizards Win on the Road?

The Wizards have been plagued by many issues and controversies in the first third of the season, but none may be more apparent as their inability to win away from Capital One Arena. Tuesday night’s loss against one of the worst teams in the league further highlighted that.

Heading into Houston, the Wizards are 4-13 on the road. Of the Wizards four road victories, only one is against a team that currently has a winning record and would be in the playoffs if they started today, a 125-124 overtime win over the Trail Blazers all the way back on October 22. The other wins have come against weaker opponents, including the Miami HeatNew York Knicks, and an earlier match-up against Hawks.

Other than Tuesday’s loss in Atlanta, the Wizards already dropped very winnable road games that could come back to bite them later in the season, such as losses in Cleveland, New York, and Brooklyn. These are the types of games that the Wizards need to lock up to stay in the playoff race.

Unfortunately, the Wizards aren’t dominant enough at home to make this road trend even remotely viable with just an 8-6 record in Washington.

Although the Rockets aren’t an overwhelming home team with an 8-5 record, they’re much stronger than some of the lesser opponents that the Wizards have lost thus far this season. A road win over the Rockets would be a step in the right direction to show they can perform away from their home court.