1. Missing faces? With the NBA trade deadline looming at 3 p.m. Thursday, you never know what moves could be made this week. The Bucks and Wizards are set to play the night before one of the most hectic days on the NBA calendar, so there is a chance that some players could be missing from action. However, as NBC Sports Washington’s Chase Hughes wrote last week, the Wizards aren’t looking to make any big moves at the deadline.
2. Better prepared for Giannis? As Hughes wrote following Washington’s 131-115 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday, the Wizards’ first look at Giannis Antetokounmpo did not go well. The Bucks’ All-Star and MVP candidate missed the first matchup between the two earlier this year, but was on full display the second time around, dropping 37 points and 10 rebounds. Having now seen the “Greek Freak” just a few days ago, it’ll be interesting to see if the Wizards will have a better defensive strategy for him this time.