January 7, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) makes the game-winning basket in the final second over Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) at Verizon Center. The Wizatds won 101-99. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Wizards (26-44) vs. OKC Thunder (52-19) Preview

The Washington Wizards come to town as the Oklahoma City Thunder will look for their third consecutive win.

The Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers in their last game and have had two games off since.

The Wizards beat the Memphis Grizzlies two nights ago 107-94 behind a career-high 47-point performance by John Wall.

Wall has been playing at a very high level of late and it will be impossible to miss the point guard matchup tonight between he and Russell Westbrook.

They are two of the fastest and most athletic guards in the league and if the game becomes a track meet, it will be very entertaining to watch both of them.

Of course, the Thunder should blow out the Wizards, especially playing them at home. Washington is banged up too and the Thunder are still in the hunt for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference if they close the year out strongly.

The Wizards beat the Thunder earlier this season on a game-winning shot by rookie Bradley Beal at the buzzer.

Kevin Durant had 29 points in that game and Westbrook had 17 on 4-of-17 shooting. Serge Ibaka scored 26 and Kevin Martin was very quiet with just eight points on 3-of-12 shooting.

That game was before Wall returned from injury and the two teams are much different now.

Ibaka really got going against Portland scoring all 16 of his points in the second half. The Thunder need him to start giving them big performances more consistently and it looks like tonight will be a good opportunity for him to do just that.

The game will tip at 8 p.m. EST.

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