Preview: Detroit Hornets and Washington Wizards face probably the most anticipated sporting occasion of the day
What: Detroit Hornets (10-13) versus Washington Wizards (5-14)
When: 1:00 p.m. EST
Where: Spectrum center; Detroit, NC
How to see: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
Today is by far the biggest sports vacation on the American calendar, and we all know what the nation is preparing for. The Detroit Hornets versus the Washington Wizards live at The Hive.
I’ve never quite understood why the NBA is planning games on Super Bowl Sunday in the first place, considering how badly the league complains about TV ratings, but at least the Hornets are a matinee. This game was originally scheduled for January 20th, but the Wizards were dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak at the time, so the NBA has postponed this game until today, and today’s original game against the Portland Trail Blazers was on the second half postponed the season.
Bradley Beal currently leads the league with 33.3 points per game, adding 5.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists at 47.2 / 34.6 / 87.7 shooting splits of preposterous volume – his 35.9 percent stake is the highest in the NBA. He’s been playing at an all-star level for years and it’s nice to see he’s getting rewarded time and time again despite having little talent.
Aside from Beal’s standout game, there aren’t many bright spots in Washington this year. Russell Westbrook got some of his outbreak back after a quad bladder injury disabled him, but a revenue share of 17 coupled with an effective field goal percentage of 45.7 is alarming, and he’s still taking a ton Jumpers with a low percentage in the middle area.
Rui Hachimura is still a solid player after a solid rookie campaign and Deni Avdija appears to be well on the way to a similar solid season for newbies. Davis Bertans signed a five-year contract for $ 80 million and promptly forgot how to shoot. His current 3-point percentage of 33.1 is the lowest in his career at over four percent and the second most attempt per game (7.8). By and large, the wizards are not good, but they recently overthrew the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat so there is some fighting going on with them.
Washington will do without Thomas Bryant (torn left ACL), who has just undergone surgery, while Raul Neto (groin) is in question.
The hornets are not in full strength for the fourth competition in a row. Graham (left groin) is out tonight but Washington (right ankle sprain) is questionable.
The final score of Friday’s game against the Utah Jazz was technically 138-121, but it was a much closer competition than it would mean. The Jazz, which is a great shooting team, hit 26 of their 50 3-pointers, has a dominant color presence and rebounder in 7’0 ”Gobert, and the Hornets had Devonte ‘Graham only 11 minutes before hitting the groin injured. At 3:38, Detroit was 10 points less than the team with the best record in the NBA – that’s a moral victory for me. If the Hornets are half as good as they played against Utah, they should beat the Wizards.