Matchup: Washington Wizards (6-5) at Charlotte Hornets (8-6)
When: Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. (TV: CSN+, CSNMidatlantic.com via NBC Sports Live Extra)
When last we met: First meeting this season. In the last meeting in Charlotte, the Wizards held the Hornets to a franchise-low 23 points in the second half for a 95-69 win on March 9.
Streaks: The Wizards saw their three-game winning snapped Tuesday night by the 3-point shooting Indiana Pacers. Paul George scored 40 points in the 123-106 win. ...The Hornets have won three straight and are 7-3 over their last 10 games.
Three things to watch
Protect the arc: The Wizards struggled against the Pacers' 3-point shooters which is about the nicest thing that can be said when the other team finishes 19 of 26 from distance. Now Washington faces a Charlotte team that is among the league leaders in attempts. The Hornets are averaging 26.6 tries per game and are tied with the Wizards for 10th at 36.3 percent. Wing threat Nicolas Batum and point guard Kemba Walker are both shooting over 40 percent from beyond the arc. Washington ranks 29th defensively in opponent 3-point percentage with a ghastly 40.7 percent.
Man in the middle: Even though the Hornets take plenty of deep shots, unlike the Pacers, they also have a potent threat inside with Al Jefferson. The veteran center averages 14.8 points on 51 percent shooting from the field. "Their center is very effective in the paint," Wizards guard Garrett Temple said of the Hornets. "Indiana doesn’t have that so even though Charlotte has guys that can stretch the floor, stretch fours and things like that, they’d rather have Al Jefferson in there as well.
Bench mob: For the second straight game, Washington's reserves scored 51 points. Against the Pacers, that wasn't enough for the win. Gary Neal fueled the effort with 23 points and five 3-pointers. The veteran guard has reached double figure points in three of his last five games.