Wizards headed in 'right direction'
The Wizards, who have won five of their last six games, are coming off three days' rest while the Bucks will be playing their third game in four days on Friday. A win also will put the Wizards above .500.
TV: CSN, 7 p.m. ET at Verizon Center. Radio: 1500 AM. 106.7 FM
Last game: Wizards (9-9) beat the Orlando Magic 98-80 on Monday for their sixth consecutive home victory; Bucks (3-15) lost to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, their 13th defeat in their last 14 games.
Last meeting: On Nov. 27 in Milwaukee, the Wizards scored 29 points off 24 turnovers to win in overtime 100-92.
Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Trevor Ariza, SF Martell Webster, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Bucks –- PG Brandon Knight, SG O.J. Mayo, SF Khris Middleton, PF Ekpe Udoh, C John Henson.
Entry passes: 1). The Wizards haven't played since Monday so they should be fresher and get off to a strong start; 2). Mayo isn't bashful about shooting -- he had 23 attempts in the first meeting -- and hit the game-tying shot to force OT; 3). Either Gortat, made 11 of 12 shots to sustain Washington's stagnant offense, will have a major impact or it'll be Nene as the Bucks lack the size inside without Larry Sanders; 4). Wall dominated his matchup with Knight. 5). Caron Butler didn't play in Milwaukee's last game because of a sore left knee.
X-factors: Otto Porter (right hip flexor) is called a game-time decision and could at least dress for the first time as part of the active roster. Al Harrington (right knee) isn't going to play as he has yet to practice.
He said it: “It means a lot to me. The whole time I've been here we've been a losing team. To be on the winning side of things, it's a totally different feeling. It's a good feeling." -- Wizards forward Trevor Booker, in his fourth season
Around the bend: The Wizards will practice at least once over the weekend and then face the Denver Nuggets at Verizon Center on Monday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).