The heartbreathing match between Washington and Los Angeles
The Washington Wizards are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 120.81 points per contest. Their road trip will continue as they head to the Los Angeles Lakers' court at 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday at Staples Center. Washington isn't expected to win, but seeing as the odds didn't stop them last game, maybe the squad has another upset up their sleeve.
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The Wizards can't say they have nothing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving week. They were able to grind out a solid victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, winning 140-132. Among those leading the charge for the Wizards was SG Bradley Beal, who had 35 points and six assists.
As for Los Angeles, Los Angeles has more to be thankful for after their matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans. Los Angeles narrowly escaped with a win as the team sidled past New Orleans 114-110. The victory came about thanks to a strong surge after the first quarter to overcome a 38-25 deficit.
Their wins bumped the Wizards to 6-10 and the Lakers to 16-2. A couple offensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Wizards rank first in the league when it comes to field goal percentage, with 48.20% on the season. The Lakers are completely their equal: they also come into the game with 48.20% field goal percentage. We'll find out if either of these strengths ends up making the difference in the matchup.