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The Wizards welcome the Bucks on MLK Day

Afternoon, ladies and gents, HYPE Radio Show & The Huddle are both proud and excited to be celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Capitol One Sports Arena.

Last time we were here, we saw the Wizards’ 107-104 nail-biting loss to the Utah Jazz. The Wiz had their rhythm back by the holiday, beating the Orlando Magic & Brooklyn Nets over the weekend.

I know. I know. We weren’t impressed either. If you’ve kept up with this year’s Wizards, you know the team loooves to play to their competition. The argument could be made they enjoy that anxiety more than the game itself. Washington won both games by six points each, allowing a 31-loss Orlando team to score 119 points and blowing a 23-point lead over the struggling Nets to precede an overtime win.

Today, they take on the Milwaukee Bucks (22-20), a team toting a bona fide MVP candidate in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Last year’s Most Improved Player might be the league’s toughest defensive assignment, averaging 28.4 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. In two matchups this year, the visiting team took home the victory.

The Bucks are currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, while Washington holds the fifth seed. In addition to playing up or down to their comp, the Wizards are known to play to the moment. It’s a special holiday here in the Nation’s capital, while we host one of the league’s best players. Maybe that combination is the formula for a Wizards’ win.

We’ll see. Break!

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