Saturday's game: Wizards-Pacers preview

Saturday's game: Wizards-Pacers preview
April 5, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Wizards vs. Pacers

at Verizon Center

TV: CSN+, 7 p.m. ET

Season series: Pacers lead 3-0.

Last meeting: The Wizards lost 89-81 on Jan. 2 in Indianapolis. The starters only scored 33 points –- two were scoreless -- as Indiana SF Paul George led everyone with 29 points and 14 rebounds.  PG John Wall, PG A.J. Price and SF Trevor Ariza didn't play for Washington because of injuries.

Previous game: The Wizards lost at the Toronto Raptors 88-78 on Wednesday to fall to 28-47; Pacers lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 97-75 on Friday to fall to 48-28. 

Projected starting lineups: Wizards -– PG John Wall, SG Garrett Temple, SF Martell Webster,  PF Nene, C Emeka Okafor. Pacers –- PG George Hill, SG Lance Stephenson, SF George, PF David West, C Roy Hibbert.

Pivotal matchup: Hibbert vs. Okafor. Both are playing their best basketball. Hibbert has double-doubles in five of his last six outings going into Friday’s game vs. the Thunder. Okafor continues to be a surprise offensive weapon after a slow start. He is averaging a double-double in his last four games.  

Trending upward: Wall only shot 5-for-17 in Toronto, but he got to the foul line 10 times and made each. He has taken 80 attempts in the last six games, making 67 (84%).  … Nene (right knee) was pessimistic about his ability to play extended minutes on the back end of consecutive games, but he managed 32 minutes and has two days off.

Trending downward: Webster, Washington’s best three-point shooter,  is 1-for-14 in his last four games for three-point range. … After 19 total turnovers in two games, the Wizards had 14  in Toronto. The ball movement slowed down and it led to 32.5% shooting overall.

He said it: "Let's measure where we're at against four playoff teams, that's the way I look at it" -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman on a treacherous five-day stretch starting Saturday.

Around the bend: Sunday at Boston Celtics, 6 p.m. ET; Tuesday at New York Knicks, 7:30;  Wednesday vs. Miami Heat, 7; Friday vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 7. All games on CSN.