The Wizards make the trek to Southern California Tuesday evening to play LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers to start a four-game road trip.
Losers of four in a row, the Wizards are now well removed from a playoff spot and are facing the lottery. Fortunately for them, the Lakers are a for-sure lottery bound franchise completely eliminated from the postseason.
Losses for the Wizards have come against the Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, and Miami Heat, three of which are potential playoff teams. Those were must-wins for anyone hoping for a fairytale run to finish the year. Any faint playoff hopes for Washington are now quickly fading.
Los Angeles is in a free fall. They've dropped 10 of their last 12 and 16 of their last 20. Sounds like a perfect chance for the Wizards to compile a win over one of the league's most storied franchises.
The Wizards and Lakers game takes place on Tuesday, March 26 at 10:30 p.m. at Staples Center and will be broadcast on TNT.
WIZARDS at LAKERS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
When: 10:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Lakers game will be broadcast nationally on TNT. Pregame and postgame coverage is on NBC Sports Washington Plus.
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards at Lakers on TNT's live stream page, WatchTNT.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM
WIZARDS at LAKERS TV SCHEDULE
9:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE - NBC Sports Washington Plus)
10:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE - NBC Sports Washington Plus)
10:30 PM: Wizards at Lakers (LIVE - TNT)
1:00 AM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE - NBC Sports Washington)
WIZARDS at LAKERS INJURY REPORT
Wizards: Dwight Howard (OUT, Back), John Wall (OUT, Achilles), Ariza (DAY-TO-DAY, Groin)
Lakers: Lonzo Ball (OUT, Ankle), Brandon Ingram (OUT, Shoulder), Josh Hart (DAY-TO-DAY, Knee), Reggie Bullock (DAY-TO-DAY, Foot), Mike Muscala (DAY-TO-DAY, Ankle)
WIZARDS at LAKERS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Bradley Beal, Wizards (25.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 5.6 apg): Beal is averaging 26.5 points, 6.6 assists and 6.0 rebounds over the month of March. He is the clear mainstay and star for the Wizards as their 2018-19 season is coming to a close.
LeBron James, Lakers (27.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 8.1 apg): James is reportedly on a minutes restriction, although they have not followed it over the past two weeks. Still in a more limited role than he is accustomed to he leads the team with 29.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 9.4 assists per game.
Troy Brown Jr., Wizards (3.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.4 apg): Following the first two starts of his NBA career, Brown is finally getting a real taste of the association. The past five games have marked the only times this season that he received more than 20 minutes of playing time on the court. In his two starts, a combined 20 points on 8-for-19 shooting.
WIZARDS at LAKERS SERIES HISTORY
Number of All-Time Meetings: 192 regular season games (no playoff games)
Regular Season Record: Lakers lead 118-74
Playoff Record: N/A
Last Meeting: Wizards won 128-110
Last 10: Wizards lead 8-2
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