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5 Reasons to Attend a Washington Wizards Basketball Game
Capital One Arena plays host to one of the National Basketball Association’s most exciting teams
The Washington Wizards are one of the hottest tickets in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Their rowdy DC fanbase is ready for another postseason run in 2017-18 after the Wizards came within one win of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals last year. Here are our favorite reasons to check out a game of Wizards hoops at Capital One Arena this season.
When playing together, point guard John Wall and shooting guard Bradley Beal are a human highlight reel. Wall has been an all-star the last four years, earning third team All-NBA honors last year as well. His speed and flashy playing style make him one of the league’s biggest attractions. Beal, known for his sharp-shooting, averaged a career-high 23.1 points per game in 2016-17, and hopes to build on that this year.
After not reaching the NBA Playoffs for five consecutive years, the Wizards have been in the postseason in three out of the last four, advancing to the second round each time. The team lost to the rival Boston Celtics in seven games last year, a heartbreaking defeat that they’ll look to avenge with an even deeper run this year. The Wizards are considered by many to be one of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference heading into the season.
With John Wall running the point, Bradley Beal draining threes, Otto Porter, Jr. making smooth plays on the wing and Marcin Gortat slamming dunks in the paint, the Wizards are a joy to watch. They’ll also have plenty of worthwhile competition coming to town throughout the season, including matchups with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers (Nov. 3) and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks (Jan. 6).
Wizards games are always lively affairs, but a special promo night means you get that much more by attending a game. On Dec. 15, there will be a special Wall with the Shades giveaway, while Jan. 13 is Polish Heritage Night, in honor of Marcin Gortat. Feb. 23 is Chinese New Year, when the Wizards often rock special jerseys, and March 31 features an Otto Porter, Jr. bobblehead giveaway.
Capital One Arena is located in Penn Quarter/Chinatown, one of the liveliest neighborhoods in the District. There are dozens of restaurants nearby, as well as the shopping hub that is CityCenterDC. The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are housed in the same building across the street, while Newseum is a short walk away. Have another night in the city? Check out a play at Ford’s Theatre or Shakespeare Theatre Company.
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