Every team in the league is looking to make a last hurrah to either improve their seeding or secure a playoff spot with less than 15 games left for each team.
One of the teams that is looking to make it to the playoffs is the Washington Wizards.
The Wizards were one of the worst teams in the league at the start of the season. After going 5-15 in their first 15 games, fans were convinced that the attempt of the Wizards to be successful with their new dynamic duo of Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook turned out to be a big failure.
However, the Washington Wizards were able to turn it around eventually and are now 10th in the Eastern Conference with a 27-34 record.
The Wizards have been near-unstoppable in their past few games.
The Washington Wizards have won 10 of their last 12 games, including a big win over the top team in the league right now, the Utah Jazz, 125-121.
The main reason of their success is Beal, who’s been on fire in their past few games.
As a matter of fact, the 27-year-old scoring machine have been very impressive all season long, averaging 31.1 PPG this season which is second in the league, with 4.9 RPG and 4.6 APG in 48.4% FG.
Entering their most recent game against the Wizards, Beal had a personal streak of 11-straight wins in 11 appearances. During that 11-game stretch, Beal averaged 29.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG and 4.1 APG in 49.0% FG.
Beal also had several big games during that run including a 37-point explosion against the Detroit Pistons and a back-to-back 33-point performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Beal’s most recent performance, which broke his personal streak of 11-straight wins, was a 45-point showcase in a heartbreaking 146-143 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Beal has undoubtedly been one of the best players in the league and with the help of Russell Westbrook, who’s averaging triple-double for the fourth time in his career with 21.8 PPG, 11.0 RPG and 10.9 APG.
With the star duo leading them, the Wizards could make a surprise run and secure a playoff spot if they have a couple of good games in the play-in tournament.
At the moment, the Washington Wizards is only three wins behind the current eighth-seed Charlotte Hornets who have a 30-30 record. However, the 11th place Toronto Raptors are nipping on their heels with a 26-35 record, while the Bulls also aren’t far in 12th at 25-35.
The Wizards still have 11 games left in the regular season and are set to host the LA Lakers before going on the road to visit the Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers in their next four games. This is a crucial stretch, and they’re going to need Beal to continue doing what he does best: get buckets.