Pistons at Wizards
The Washington Wizards will try to match their season high with a fourth consecutive win when they begin a three-game homestand against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. The Wizards have won three straight and seven of nine during their hottest stretch of the season, but they have lost the last five meetings with the Pistons, including three contests this season.
Detroit has dropped three straight and is beginning a three-game road swing. The Pistons are 7-19 away from home. Washington has won 10 of its last 12 at home and has averaged 101.1 points over that span, more than nine points above its season average of 92 points per game.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Detroit, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (Washington)
ABOUT THE PISTONS (22-37): Detroit is shorthanded with two of its young stars on the shelf, as guard Brandon Knight is day-to-day with a right knee injury and center Andre Drummond is out with a stress fracture in his back. Knight was just getting adjusted to his new role as shooting guard opposite point guard Jose Calderon, who has averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 assists in 11 games since being acquired from Toronto. Big man Greg Monroe leads the team in scoring (15.7) and rebounding (9.5).
ABOUT THE WIZARDS (18-37): The injuries have finally subsided for Washington, which is 13-9 since point guard John Wall (14 points, 7.5 assists) returned to the lineup. Wall and rookie Bradley Beal (13.9 points) have to pick up some of the scoring slack left by the Wizards' trade of Jordan Crawford to Boston, and Beal has obliged so far. Beal is averaging 20.2 points and 5.2 rebounds over his last six games, and center Emeka Okafor is averaging 14.3 points and 10.8 rebounds over the same stretch.
1. Washington is 5-2 when Wall and Beal start in the backcourt together.
2. The Wizards have won nine of their last 11 when Beal scores at least 15 points.
3. The Pistons lead the Eastern Conference and rank second in the league with an average of 46.1 points in the paint (Denver, 57.1).
Wizards 99, Pistons 97.