March 3, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) celebrates after making the clinching basket against the Philadelphia 76ers in the final seconds of the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 90-87. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Washington Wizards (19-39) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (20-37)

The Wiz are 6-4 over their last 10. John Wall is now firmly back in the starting lineup. When Nene is in the lineup, he is a strong presence down low. Martell Webster decided he wants to be a 3-point specialist this season. Rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal is probably out with a sprained ankle.

Wizards probable starting lineup:

PG John Wall

SG Bradley Beal

SF Martell Webster

PF Nene

C Emeka Okafor

The Wolves 112-101 loss at Washington at the end of January was a particularly disheartening one. John Wall made Ricky Rubio look like a player coming off an ACL injury. Ricky shot 1-8 and things looked rough. The Wolves were without Pek in that one and they’ll be without Pek and AK tonight. J.J. Barea avoided a fine and suspension when his flagrant foul on Ray Allen was downgraded from 2 to 1.

Wolves probable starting lineup:

PG Ricky Rubio

SG Luke Ridnour

SF Mickael Gelabale

PF Derrick Williams

C Greg Stiemsma

Ricky’s determination and quickness are obviously much improved since the end of January. Tonight will be a big test.

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