Preview: Washington At L.A. Clippers

When: 10:30 PM  ET, Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Matchup Edge
WAS Edge in: LAC
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Washington All-Star John Wall exploded in the first two contests of the team's five-game road trip and looks for another stellar performance when the Wizards visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Wall recorded 37 points and 11 assists in a victory over Cleveland and followed with 34 and 14 in Tuesday's 119-108 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Wall has helped the Wizards win four consecutive games, and the stellar point guard has steered them to within two games of the first-place Cavaliers and 1 1/2 of Boston in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The victory over the Lakers also clinched the Southeast title, the franchise's first division crown since 1978-79, when it won the Atlantic Division while known as the Bullets. The Clippers have recorded eight straight home victories against the Wizards and won 13 of the last 16 meetings, but they are just 9-10 since the All-Star break and are failing to click on all cylinders. "You hate that it's this late in the season, but we're one of the few teams that can get it right," point guard Chris Paul insisted to reporters. "We've just got to build that trust."

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, CSN Mid-Atlantic (Washington), Prime Ticket (Los Angeles)

ABOUT THE WIZARDS (46-28): Washington overcame a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Lakers for its 16th comeback win from a double-digit deficit this season. Wall is averaging 28.8 points, 11 assists and 2.8 steals during the four-game winning streak and figures to be motivated to do more damage when he matches up against Paul. Shooting guard Bradley Beal is on a streak of his own as he has scored in double digits in 32 consecutive games.

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS (44-31):
 Fifth in the Western Conference, Los Angeles has been unable to overtake fourth-place Utah - which holds a 1 1/2-game lead - and center DeAndre Jordan is frustrated with the team's up-and-down nature. "We've just got to play desperate," Jordan told reporters. "I feel like that's what a lot of teams are doing who are even higher-seeded than we are. Their spirits are different, and we've got to find that. It should have already been found." Coach Doc Rivers insists there is time to turn it around but admits he is "concerned about consistency."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Beal scored 41 points to lead the Wizards to a 117-110 home win over the Clippers on Dec. 18.

2. Washington backup SF Kelly Oubre Jr. has averaged 15 points on 12-of-19 shooting over his last two games.

3. Los Angeles SG J.J. Redick (ankle) could miss his second straight contest.

PREDICTION: Clippers 113, Wizards 108

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Washington 46-28 W4 29-10 17-18 5-1 41-27 7-6 29-18
L.A. Clippers 44-31 L1 24-12 20-19 7-4 37-27 7-6 25-21

Last Meeting

Washington L.A. Clippers
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/18/16 LAC 110 WAS 117 117 33 53.1 110 40 49.4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
WAS B. Beal 41 56.5 9
LAC B. Griffin 26 47.6 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
WAS M. Morris 9 1 8
LAC D. Jordan 17 4 13
Assists Player  
WAS J. Wall 11
LAC C. Paul 12
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
WAS J. Wall 1730 45.0 401
LAC B. Griffin 1221 48.5 296
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
WAS M. Gortat 839 233 606
LAC D. Jordan 1038 276 762
Assists Player  
WAS J. Wall 810
LAC C. Paul 530

Quickchart Matchup

Washington  Off vs  L.A. Clippers Def
109.4 Points For
104.5 Points Against
47.5 FG%
45.1 FG%
43.1 Reb
43.3 Reb
L.A. Clippers Off vs  Washington Def
107.9 Points For
106.9 Points Against
47.1 FG%
46.3 FG%
43.3 Reb
43.1 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Washington Overall L.A. Clippers
46-28 W/L 44-31
39-34-1 ATS 36-39-0
47-27-0 O/U 40-34-1
109.4 Pts For 107.9
106.9 Pts Against 104.5
Washington A/H L.A. Clippers
17-18 W/L 24-12
17-17-1 ATS 18-18-0
23-12-0 O/U 15-20-1
108.2 Pts For 108.2
108.5 Pts Against 100.3