Game Preview: Wizards vs. Bucks


November 9, 2012 | 7:00 pm | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM | Gameday Blog | Game Notes | Live Chat

Preview

The Wizards return home on Friday night to host the Milwaukee Bucks at Verizon Center (7:00 pm | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM).

The Wiz are looking for their first win of the season while the Bucks enter with a record of 2-1. While the Wizards have yet to win, the last two games against the Celtics have come down to the final possession and a win is within their sights.

One of the keys to tonight's game will be for the Wizards to get off to a quicker start. The first unit has yet to find their rhythm offensively and they will need to get going in order for the Wizards to avoid falling behind early. If the trend continues, look for Kevin Seraphin to provide scoring off the bench as he looks to continue his double-digit scoring streak to 19.

Defensively, the Wizards will have their hands full with the Bucks' backcourt featuring Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. These two will take a majority of the shots and both are capable of getting hot at anytime. It will be critical to force them into tough shots and keep them from getting to the spots they like on the court.

The action kicks off at 7:00 pm on CSN or listen live on 106.7 FM/1500 AM.

Wizards (0-3)

vs.

Bucks (2-1)

88.0
PPG
98.0
43.0
RPG
41.3
23.7
APG
26.7
.399
FG%
.453
.434
OPP FG%
.483
.296
3PT FG%
.404
.682
FT%
.722
16.0
TO
15.3
0-3
Last 10
2-1

Key Matchup

Bradley Beal

vs.

Monta Ellis

6.5
PPG
17.3
7.0
RPG
3.0
0.5
APG
5.0
.328
FG %
.286

Bradley Beal had his best game of his young career on Wednesday night vs. Boston, scoring 16 points and knocking down three triples. He will face a daunting scorer on Friday night as Monta Ellis comes to town. This will certainly test Beal's defensive ability, which is something he has been working on since being drafted by the Wizards in June. Beal does have a size advantage on Ellis and will need to use that advantage on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

In the below clip, Bradley Beal uses his body to take contact and finishes for a three-point play on Wednesday in Boston.

Monta Ellis last season versus the Wizards

Bucks Projected Starters


G - Brandon Jennings | 6-1 | 169 lbs
PPG: 17.7 | RPG: 3.0 | APG: 10.3


G- Monta Ellis | 6-3 | 185 lbs
PPG: 17.3 | RPG: 3.0 | APG: 5.0


F- Tobias Harris | 6-8 | 226 lbs
PPG: 10.0 | RPG: 5.0 | APG: 1.0


F- Ersan Ilyasova | 6-10 | 235 lbs
PPG: 5.7 | RPG: 6.0 | APG: 1.3


C- Samuel Dalembert | 6-11 | 260 lbs
PPG: 2.0 | RPG: 2.7 | APG: 0.7

Wizards Projected Starters


G - A.J. Price | 6-2 | 185 lbs
PPG: 10.0 | RPG: 3.7 | APG: 5.7


G- Bradley Beal | 6-5 | 207 lbs
PPG: 8.7 | RPG: 2.7 | APG: 2.3


F- Trevor Ariza | 6-8 | 200 lbs
PPG: 3.7 | RPG: 2.0 | APG: 2.0


F- Trevor Booker | 6-11 | 240 lbs
PPG: 7.0 | RPG: 5.0 | APG: 0.7


C- Emeka Okafor | 6-10 | 255 lbs
PPG: 5.0 | RPG: 5.0 | APG: 0.3

Wizards Injury Report

Out

  • John Wall (knee)
  • Nene (foot)

Questionable

  • Jordan Crawford (ankle)

Bucks Injury
Report

Out

  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee)
Probable
  • Beno Udrih (quad)
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