The Wizards are one of the top teams in the East, sitting in second place behind the
Washington has a balanced roster led by point guard
The Lakers will play without
The Lakers did an excellent job defending against
Wall is less of a threat from distance, instead using his speed and athleticism to attack and create.
Lin is averaging 12.4 points with 5.1 assists while shooting 47.2% from the field and 37.5% from three-point range.
Both guards can be turnover prone, Wall at 3.6 a night and Lin at 2.6.
The Wizards have a number of offensive threats, including center
Pierce is a longtime rival of the Lakers dating to his days with the
If the game is close, the 37-year-old Pierce can still hit a big shot.
The Lakers will need to bring a complete defensive effort, with
Hill has become one of the Lakers' most important players this season, averaging 14 points and 9.7 rebounds a game.
The Lakers are slightly better than their record shows, but not good enough to get the Wizards on the right half on the second night of a back-to-back.