National Basketball Association
Preview
Washington at Charlotte
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

John Wall returned, Bradley Beal set a record and the Washington Wizards now have a chance for a winning road trip when they visit the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. After missing a trip-opening loss at Toronto due to a sore knee, Wall had 15 points and six assists in Monday's 99-88 win at Milwaukee, while Beal buried a pair of 3-pointers to become the fastest player in NBA history to 700.

Washington, playing the second half of a back-to-back for the first time this season, turned up the defensive pressure to snap a two-game slide. "Defensively, we locked into the game plan," coach Scott Brooks told the media. "We were aggressive, we were physical. We played with an IQ. We made them take the shots that we wanted them to take." The Wizards will try to maintain that approach against a Hornets squad that averaged 113.3 points over its last three games, including two straight wins to begin a three-game homestand. Charlotte will aim for a perfect stay at the Spectrum Centre behind veteran center Dwight Howard, who is averaging 20.5 points and 18 boards on the homestand.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBCS Washington Plus, FS Southeast (Charlotte)

ABOUT THE WIZARDS (10-7): Otto Porter Jr. also came into the Milwaukee game a bit banged up with a sore wrist, but he was still able to produce a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) to go along with four assists and three steals. Marcin Gortat recorded his third consecutive double-double with 10 points and 15 boards, and Wall had no issues in a 31-minute effort. "I was great. I was cool," Wall told reporters, according to the Washington Post. "I missed some easy, early shots but I was fine."

ABOUT THE HORNETS (7-9): Howard is 15-for-20 from the floor on the homestand and had a rare positive effort from the line (9-for-14) in the Monday's 118-102 victory over Minnesota. "I guess it works," Howard told reporters of his effort to think about other things when on the line. "I just stay away from my own brain." Frank Kaminsky made 1-of-8 3-pointers over his previous three games before hitting 4-of-5 against the Timberwolves en route to a season-high 24 points.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Hornets PG Kemba Walker is averaging 23.9 points while making 50 percent of his 3-pointers in eight home games.

2. Wizards F Kelly Oubre Jr. hit 5-of-8 from long range while averaging 14 points in 19.5 minutes over the last two contests.

3. Wall averaged 22.8 points and 9.5 assists as Washington won three of four meetings last season.

PREDICTION: Hornets 108, Wizards 105
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Washington 10-7 W1 5-4 5-3 1-1 9-6 2-1 6-3
Charlotte 7-9 W2 6-2 1-7 0-0 7-9 2-0 3-6
Last Meeting
Washington Charlotte
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/4/17 CHA 111 WAS 118 118 36 50.6 111 37 50.6
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Washington J. Wall 23 50.0 4
Charlotte K. Walker 37 52.0 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Washington M. Gortat 6 1 5
Charlotte C. Zeller 10 3 7
Assists Player  
Washington J. Wall 13
Charlotte N. Batum 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Washington B. Beal 411 48.2 81
Charlotte K. Walker 367 45.2 94
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Washington M. Gortat 157 41 116
Charlotte D. Howard 207 63 144
Assists Player  
Washington J. Wall 136
Charlotte K. Walker 100
Quickchart Matchup
Washington Washington Off vs  Charlotte Charlotte Defense
Washington Off vs Charlotte - Points For 107.5 Points For
Washington Off vs Charlotte - Points Against 105.4 Points Against
Washington - FG% 46.4 FG%
Charlotte - FG% 43.6 FG%
Washington - Reb 43.6 Reb
Charlotte - Reb 44.2 Reb
Charlotte Charlotte Off vs  Washington Washington Defense
Charlotte Off vs Washington - Points For 105.5 Points For
Charlotte Off vs Washington - Points Against 102.9 Points Against
Charlotte - FG% 44.8 FG%
Washington - FG% 45.0 FG%
Charlotte - Reb 47.4 Reb
Washington - Reb 42.9 Reb