The Wizards have won 15 straight home games, matching the 1988-89 Bullets for the second-longest streak in franchise history. Washington won 22 consecutive home games during the 1974-75 season en route to an appearance in the NBA Finals, where the Bullets were swept by the Warriors. This year’s Warriors are one of only two teams with more home wins than the Wizards. Cleveland, Golden State’s opponent in the last two NBA Finals, is the other.
The Capitals, whose 19 wins at home this season are two fewer than the Penguins in one fewer game, are more accustomed to home success. The Capitals led the NHL in home victories last season and went 9-0 at Verizon Center in January 2010.
Since the Capitals’ home loss to the Devils on Dec. 29, the Capitals (7-0) and Wizards (8-0) have combined to win 15 straight games in Washington. As WTOP’s Noah Frank noted last week, this is the first time in the 20-year history of Verizon Center that the Wizards and Capitals have both won at least six consecutive home games over the same period. The franchises’ longest combined home winning streak came in 1989, when the Bullets and Capitals went 20 games at Capital Centre without a loss. That year, the Bullets won 15 consecutive home games during a late-season playoff push from Feb. 9 to April 7. Twelve of those wins overlapped with the Capitals’ eight-game home winning streak to close the regular season.
What are the prospects for the current streak continuing in February? The Capitals host the Bruins (26-21-6) and Kings (25-21-4) on Wednesday and Sunday, respectively. The Wizards’ next two home games are Thursday against the Lakers and Saturday against the Pelicans, who are a combined 36-64. A bigger threat looms Monday, when the Eastern Conference-leading Cavaliers visit Verizon Center.