Both teams are coming off road losses and playing back-to-back games, but the Wizards are desperate for their first home win of 2014.
The good news is that the Wizards can get back to .500 for the third time this season with a win Friday. The bad news is they'll have to accomplish the feat against the best team in the East.
The Wizards (15-17) are a better team away from Verizon Center than they are at home. They've won eight road games, already more than they did in all of last season.
With four games in five days, the Wizards couldn't have picked a worse time to end a three-game slump. They lost three of four meetings with the Bobcats last season.
The foul line is where the Wizards lost their chance at a winning record Wednesday, and area where they've been weak all season. The Dallas Mavericks were 21 of 23.