Game On: Eager to start another streak vs. Jazz

Game On: Eager to start another streak vs. Jazz
March 5, 2014, 12:00 pm
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It's impossible to not look at the big picture with 22 games left in the season for the Wizards. They're in the tenuous No. 5 spot in the East with the Chicago Bulls (33-27) slightly ahead at No. 4 and the Brooklyn Nets (29-29) closing in at No. 6. 

The Wizards missed a chance to move just a game back in the win column by losing Monday. The Bulls lost, too.

"You look at it all the time even though you're two or three games away from being No. 3 or 4 or being in the eighth spot or being out of the playoffs," Wizards point guard John Wall said after their season-long, six-game winning streak was snapped. "It's a tight race. ... We've got to keep ourselves playing the right way and try to stay on a roll."

TV: Wizards Central pregame show begins 6:30 p.m. on CSN. Tipoff from Verizon Center is at 7 and Wizards Postgame Live comes immediately after the game ends. Radio: 1500 AM. 

Last game: Wizards (31-29) lost at home to Memphis Grizzlies 110-104 on Monday; Jazz (21-39) lost at Milwaukee Bucks 114-88 on Monday. 

Last meeting: Wizards lost 104-101 at Energy Solutions Arena on Jan. 25, in the second game of a four-game West coast trip.  Season series: Jazz lead 1-0. 

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Trevor Booker, C Marcin Gortat. Jazz –- PG Trey Burke, SG Gordon Hayward, SF Richard Jefferson, PF Marvin Williams, C Derrick Favors.

Entry passes: 1). Enes Kanter and Alec Burks come off bench by provide more offensive firepower than some of the starters. 2). Miller has to play better for the second unit to be effective again. 3). PF-C Drew Gooden has yet to make a field goal. 4). Wall has to use size to dominate Burke. 5). Otto Porter could be in line for more playing time. 

X-factors: C Kevin Seraphin (right knee) will miss his fifth game in a row for the Wizards even though he's listed as day-to-day. ... SF Martell Webster, the sixth man, likely will be a game-time decision. 

Around the bend: The Wizards likely will practice Thursday and Friday before playing Saturday at the Milwaukee Bucks (CSN+, 9 p.m. ET)

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