Wittman pleasantly surprised to see Porter practicing
Washington expects it to feel like a "road" game even though this will be at home. In the last game, the New York Knicks almost as many fans among the 18,000-plus. The Lakers likely will create the same environment even without Kobe Bryant (Achilles), who coach Mike D'Antoni already has said will not play. The Lakers may only have 10 players available without Steve Nash (back) and Chris Kaman (back).
TV: CSN, 7 p.m. ET at Verizon Center. Pregame: Wizards Central with Christy Winters-Scott and Tony Massenburg at 6:30. Wizards Postgame Live immediately follows the conclusion of the game. Radio: 1500 AM. 106.7 FM
Last game: Beat the New York Knicks 98-89 on Saturday; Lakers (7-7) beat Sacramento Kings 100-86 on Sunday, their third win in a row.
Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Lakers –- PG Steve Blake, SG Jodie Meeks, SF Wesley Johnson, PF Jordan Hill, C Pau Gasol.
Entry passes: 1). Will the Wizards produce bench points after just 20 total in the last two games? 2). Can Wall continue to keep a healthy balance between taking what the defense gives him offensively while keeping everyone else involved? 3). Can the Wizards maintain the defensive effort they've showed lately in holding their last three opponents to less than 100 points? 4). Can Nene and Gortat exploit their size advantage?
X-factors: Martell Webster or Garrett Temple could start if Beal, who had tests run on his lower right leg Monday, is declared out … Al Harrington (sore right knee) still hasn't practiced and is unlikely to play.
He said it: “They're scoring. I think they're all getting familiar with how Mike likes to play his system. It looks that way from an offensive standpoint. They're up and down the floor. They're going to try to outscore you. We have faced that. Minnesota was a team that tried to do that. We're going to have to dictate tempo and really be focused from a defensive standpoint and take care of the ball. This is a team if you turn the ball over they're out and running." -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman on facing the Lakers
Around the bend: The Wizards leave after this game to play at the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday (CSN+, 8).