With their playoff hopes all but extinguished, the Washington Wizards are chasing the Philadelphia 76ers for the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference and seeking their eighth consecutive win at home tonight against the Chicago Bulls. The last time they won that many in a row at home was in 2006-07, when they strung together 10 consecutive victories.
The Wizards, who according to Coach Randy Wittman will have back Nene tonight, are 22-18 (.568) since John Wall made his debut after missing the first 33 games, and that mark ranks fifth among Eastern Conference teams, behind Miami, Indiana, New York and Brooklyn. Tonight is also the ninth time Washington is slated to have Wall, Nene and Bradley Beal in the lineup this season.
Washington is 3-12 against teams that rank below them in the Eastern Conference standings. After playing Toronto (27-47) on Wednesday, the Wizards won’t face another opponent with an inferior record.
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Tipoff: 7 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM)