Washington Wizards: Three Big Questions at the Halfway Mark

Washington Wizards, John Wall, Bradley Beal (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
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Washington Wizards, Bradley Beal
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Can the Wizards overcome their road woes?

The road has not been kind to the Wizards this season. They’re currently 5-18, which is tied for the second-most losses in the league, trailing only the New York Knicks with 19 losses.

In other words, they’ve only won about 20 percent of their road games so far. This has clearly hurt the Wizards’ prospects for the season: Even if they had just won about one-third of their road games, they’d be seeded in the playoffs right now.

There’s some promise in this though. Despite the abysmal road record, the Wizards are still very much in the hunt. With 23 of 41 away games of already in the books, that means a majority of the remaining games this season will be at Capital One Arena. The Wizards are a mediocre 11-7 at home, but if they keep that pace then should be enough to allow them to sneak into the playoff standings.

But it won’t all be smooth sailing on the back half. Thus far, the Wizards have had one of the easiest schedules in the league; in fact, it’s been the sixth-easiest. That means their opponents are going to be tougher, even if they’re hosting most of them.

Washington is going to need to take care of home court these next few months, even against higher-quality teams, as well as find a way not give away games on the road that they should win.