TORONTO RAPTORS (11-13) at WASHINGTON WIZARDS (6-15)
Wednesday, 7 p.m., Capital One Arena
TV: TSN4; RADIO: 1050 AM
The Wizards are the team that has been hardest hit by the coronavirus and the associate league protocols, having had six games postponed. Since their return to the court, the Wizards have played 10 games and won just three, but are coming off a solid win over the Chicago Bulls. The biggest question around the Wizards, and it’s one that won’t go away no matter how many times the team or Bradley Beal say he isn’t going anywhere, is how long will Beal actually remain a Wizard? The Wizards have no problem scoring, sitting 10th in the NBA at 113.8 points a night, but are dead last when it comes to preventing their oppontents from doing so, giving up a league-worst 120.1 a night.
Fred VanVleet vs. Bradley Beal
Beal leads the league averaging 33.3 points a night, and despite the challenging team situation he finds himself, continues to put pressure on opposing defences. VanVleet gives up some size in this matchup but that’s nothing new for VanVleet, who himself is starting to earn NBA All-Defensive team support. And VanVleet does it at both ends of the floor, averaging a Raptors-best 20.7 points a night.