Pistons vs. Wizards: What a Win Would Mean for Washington

Will Grooms@w_grooms94Correspondent IJanuary 18, 2014

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) celebrates in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 114-97. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Friday night's victory over the Chicago Bulls marked the matching of the longest winning streak of the season for the Washington Wizards. The Wizards, who have won three games in a row, have much at stake as they await the Saturday night arrival of the Detroit Pistons.

For the third time this season, Washington is on a three-game winning streak. The first of the streaks was dismantled by a 20-point loss playing on the road at the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers.

The second of the three also ended in blowout fashion, a 22-point loss as visitors against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Now, the Wizards have the unprecedented opportunity to extend their winning streak to four, and all signs point in the direction of a positive outcome.

Their fourth and final matchup against the Pistons comes on the heels of an exceptional victory against the Miami Heat, the Wizards' first such victory since Dec. 4, 2012, and two impressive wins against the Eastern Conference's sixth-seeded Chicago Bulls.

Washington, who with three consecutive wins is tied for the fourth-longest active winning streak in the NBA, will also have the advantage of playing at the Verizon Center. The Wizards have won eight of their last 13 contests when playing on their home court. 

With a victory, Washington will complete its season series with Detroit, winning three out of four matchups against the Eastern Conference opponent.

In the Wizards' first encounter with the Pistons, their season opener, Washington trailed by as many as 15 points and ended up starting 0-1 for the fourth consecutive season—a loss that began a stretch that resulted in the Wizards losing seven of their first nine games.

Washington won its next two against Detroit by a combined margin of 31 points. The star of the three contests, John Wall, figures to continue his hot streak tonight after making arguably the best play of the NBA season in Friday night's win over the Bulls.

Against the Pistons this season, Wall is averaging a very strong 23 points per game to go with 9.6 assists. 

More than anything, the Wizards, who now sit at 19-19, have the profound opportunity to boost their record above .500 for the first time since posting a 2-1 record to begin the 2009-10 NBA season.

While the season is a long way from over, Washington can be very proud of what it's done thus far.

A win would also bode well for Wall, who seeks to make the first All-Star Game appearance of his career. In the 2012-13 NBA season, 11 out of 13 members of the Eastern Conference's All-Star roster came from teams that posted a record of .500 or better. 


All stats courtesy of NBA.com.