Wizards-Pelicans preview: Wall goes home

Wizards-Pelicans preview: Wall goes home
October 18, 2013, 8:30 pm
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(Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

ON TAP for the Wizards, who have lost three of four preseason games. But they have made major improvements since the first unit's disjointed performance in the opener. Two No. 1 overall draft picks from the University of Kentucky stars will journey back to where it began. ...  

Saturday at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.

TV: None. Radio: WFED-AM 1500.

Last game: Lost to the New York Knicks 98-89 on Thursday in Baltimore.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Trevor Booker, C Nene. Pelicans –- PG Jrue Holiday, SG Austin Rivers, SF Al-Farouq Aminu, PF Anthony Davis, C Greg Stiemsma.

What to look for: 1). Which No. 1 pick will have more impact, Wall or Davis? 2). Will Nene start or be relegated to the bench since he has been out and may need time to get re-adjusted? 3). Can Booker keep up this hot streak of efficient play? 4). Speaking of being on a roll, Beal has had consecutive games of 21 or more points. Aberration or trend? 5). Will Wall and Glen Rice find their jump shots? 

X-factors: Nene returns after missing the last two games because of a family matter in Brazil. … Backup G Garrett Temple didn't play in the last game because of an infected cut on his right (shooting) arm but should be active.

He said it: "We’ve had four games here where it’s pretty black and white. … We’ve got to play that way (moving the ball) if we’re going to win.” -- coach Randy Wittman 

Around the bend: The Wizards likely will be off Sunday and practice again Monday at Verizon Center before playing their final two preseason games at the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday and vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cincinnati on Wednesday.