Wall, Davis square off as Wizards face Pelicans

Wall, Davis square off as Wizards face Pelicans
February 22, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Will a reconfigured roster produce more consistent results for the Wizards? Backup G Andre Miller is playing in his first game but his fitness will determine if he'll be on the floor for just spot minutes. 

TV: Wizards Central pregame show begins 6:30 ET on CSN. Tipoff from Verizon Center is at 7 and Wizards Postgame Live comes immediately after the game ends. Radio: 106.7 FM.

Last game: Wizards (26-28) won at the Atlanta Hawks 114-97 on Wednesday; Pelicans (23-31) lost at the Charlotte Bobcats 90-87 on Saturday. 

Last meeting: The Wizards won 102-96, with a 46-37 edge in rebounding to help hold off a late charge by the Pelicans on Jan. 8.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Pelicans –- PG Brian Roberts, SG Eric Gordon, SF Al-Farouq Aminu, PF Anthony Davis, C Alexis Ajinca.

Entry passes: 1). Miller's presence should translate into either fewer minutes for Garrett Temple or a significantly different rotation by coach Randy Wittman. 2). First-quarter and third-quarter starts will determine the outcome, as usual. 3). Gortat and Nene must dominate the boards to neutralize the effectiveness of Davis. 4). Little-known backup Gs such as Roberts have given the Wizards' backcourt nightmares all season. 5). The Wizards can go small, using more Fs and Gs, which produced results in a recent loss to the Toronto Raptors. 

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X-factors: F Al Harrington is close to playing but it's unclear if he'll be on the court. ... F Chris Singleton could receive some playing time now that Jan Vesely has been traded even though they don't play the same position. 

He said it: "The presence of guys that's been in the league, that have a voice, that are well-respected, that help young guys, that can say 'We got to do this better,' it just overall helps everybody. Not just young guys." -- Wittman

Around the bend: The Wizards are leaving immediately after the game for Cleveland, where they'll play the Cavaliers on Sunday (CSN, 6) and be off Monday before facing the Orlando Magic at home Tuesday (CSN, 7).