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Washington at Charlotte
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Hornets occasionally show signs that they can compete in the Eastern Conference, they just have trouble doing it on a consistent basis. The Hornets will try to follow up one impressive win with another when they host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

Charlotte dropped two of three at home to fall nine games under .500 before going into Detroit on Monday and scoring 68 points in the second half to grab a 118-107 victory. "We played well today," Hornets forward Marvin Williams told reporters. "Just take a lot of things that we did well today and try to do those same things Wednesday. Obviously, try to clean up some of those things that we didn't do well. Washington's a little bit different from these guys, but we really have to be locked in." The Wizards are hitting the road for a five-game trip after suffering through a disappointing 2-3 homestand that included two losses to possible playoff foes the Milwaukee Bucks. Washington struggled in wins over sub-.500 Orlando and Brooklyn before closing the homestand by shooting 42.1 percent from the floor in a 104-95 loss to Milwaukee on Monday.

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

ABOUT THE WIZARDS (25-19): Washington point guard John Wall poured in 27 points in Monday's loss but was just 7-of-22 from the floor and is 16-of-46 over the last two games. The All-Star is joined in his shooting struggles by backcourt mate Bradley Beal, who went 1-of-7 from 3-point range on Monday and is shooting 22.6 percent from beyond the arc in the last five contests. The Wizards could use a more consistent performance from center Marcin Gortat, who followed up back-to-back double-doubles with four points and seven rebounds on Monday.

ABOUT THE HORNETS (17-25): Charlotte will get a familiar voice back on the bench Wednesday, with head coach Steve Clifford expected back after over a month away from the team while dealing with health issues. Clifford will take over at practice on Tuesday after associate head coach Stephen Silas guided the Hornets to an 8-12 mark, though he did earn wins at Golden State, Oklahoma City and Detroit. "I just told them on how much I appreciate them and how they made it easy for them to coach them because they had a decision to make," Silas told reporters after Monday's win. "They could have either treated me as the substitute coach or someone who could really help them, and they did the latter. I'm so appreciative to them and everybody on the coaching staff, management, ownership, it's been awesome."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Williams is 13-of-17 from the floor, including 8-of-11 from 3-point range, for the Hornets in the last two games.

2. Wizards SF Kelly Oubre Jr. is averaging 14.4 points on 55.3 percent shooting off the bench over the last five games.

3. Charlotte earned a 129-124 overtime win over Washington at home on Nov. 22 behind 26 points and 13 rebounds from Dwight Howard.

PREDICTION: Wizards 113, Hornets 108
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Washington 25-19 L1 15-9 10-10 3-3 22-16 4-3 13-11
Charlotte 17-25 W1 11-12 6-13 1-2 16-23 4-2 8-14
Last Meeting
Washington Charlotte
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/22/17 WAS 124 CHA 129 124 43 48.5 129 48 47.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Washington J. Wall 31 50.0 5
Charlotte D. Howard 26 76.9 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Washington M. Gortat 11 3 8
Charlotte D. Howard 13 5 8
Assists Player  
Washington J. Wall 11
Charlotte J. Lamb 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Washington B. Beal 1056 45.8 180
Charlotte K. Walker 881 42.2 190
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Washington M. Gortat 367 98 269
Charlotte D. Howard 530 151 379
Assists Player  
Washington J. Wall 314
Charlotte K. Walker 233
Quickchart Matchup
Washington Washington Off vs  Charlotte Charlotte Defense
Washington Off vs Charlotte - Points For 106.8 Points For
Washington Off vs Charlotte - Points Against 105.7 Points Against
Washington - FG% 46.5 FG%
Charlotte - FG% 45.5 FG%
Washington - Reb 43.3 Reb
Charlotte - Reb 43.7 Reb
Charlotte Charlotte Off vs  Washington Washington Defense
Charlotte Off vs Washington - Points For 105.0 Points For
Charlotte Off vs Washington - Points Against 104.6 Points Against
Charlotte - FG% 44.1 FG%
Washington - FG% 45.3 FG%
Charlotte - Reb 46.6 Reb
Washington - Reb 43.8 Reb