Tuesday’s game: Wizards-Bulls preview

Tuesday’s game: Wizards-Bulls preview
April 1, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Wizards vs. Bulls

at Verizon Center

TV: CSN, 7 p.m. ET

Season series: Tied 1-1.

Last meeting: The Wizards won 86-73 on Jan. 26 at Verizon Center. C Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 16 rebounds as the Bulls ran into a team that won seven of 10 games. The Wizards held them to 29 points in the second half.

Previous game: The Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 109-92 on Sunday to improve to 27-46. The Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 95-94 on Sunday to improve to 40-32.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards -- PG Wall, SG Garrett Temple, SF Martell Webster, PF Nene, C Emeka Okafor. Bulls -– PG Kirk Hinrich, SG Jimmy Butler, SF Luol Deng, PF Carlos Boozer, C Nazr Mohammed.

Pivotal matchup: Okafor vs. Boozer. The last time they played, Boozer not only was out-played but he struck Okafor with an elbow in the third quarter that drew a flagrant foul. Okafor had 14 more rebounds. Boozer had only two.

Trending upward: PF Nene, who has missed the last four games because of right knee soreness, could get limited action. He practiced hard Monday. ... SG Bradley Beal said there were no complications from playing vs. the Raptors. Beal had missed 11 of 13 games because of a left ankle sprain and could start in place of Temple. ... With Wall, Okafor averages a double-double. 

Trending downward: Webster won't admit that his abdominal strain is an issue, but he has shot 9-for-27 in his last two outings. 

He said it: I feel like I had a great month. I couldn't have done it without my teammates helping me out, my coaches, me watching film and just really working, and everything I worked on and getting to the game shape I wanted to be in and having the rhythm that I have.” –- Wall on his breakout play in March, which included a career-high 47-point game. 

Around the bend: Wednesday at Toronto, 7; Saturday vs. Indiana Pacers, 7; Sunday at Boston Celtics, 6. Raptors and Celtics games on CSN. Pacers game will be on CSN+.