3 keys to watch for in Marvin Bagley III's return for the Washington Wizards

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2. Crash the boards

In the nine games Bagley has missed during his extended absence, the Wizards have been outrebounded seven times, a leading factor in the team's 3-6 record over that span. With the 6'10" center returning to action, Washington will have a much better chance at winning the rebounding battle against Toronto than they have had when deploying their small-ball lineup over the past few weeks.

Since his trade to Washington, Bagley is averaging 8.6 rebounds per game. With the Raptors' top rebounders, Jakob Poeltl and Scottie Barnes, both slated to miss Saturday's contest, Bagley will likely succeed on the glass in his return.

3. Offensive success at the rim

In March, the Wizards have attempted the third-most shots in the restricted area of any team in the NBA. However, despite their volume of attempts, the team's field goal percentage in that zone ranks just 17th in the league.

Bagley attempts a team-high 5.3 shots per game from inside the restricted area, shooting 67.4 percent this season. His field goal percentage of shots from within the restricted area ranks him between Julius Randle and Zion Williamson among players with at least five attempts per game from that zone, a nice class of players to sit among in the NBA.

Bagley's return on Saturday will provide the Wizards with the interior presence the team has desperately needed during their play in March. Tip-off at the Capital One Arena against the Raptors is scheduled for 8:00 PM ET.

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