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Wizards star Bradley Beal suffers low-grade hamstring strain

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Wizards star Bradley Beal suffers low-grade hamstring strain
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Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal suffered a low-grade hamstring strain in Sunday night’s 130-119 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The three-time All-Star will miss the next three games.

Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. is expecting the 11-year veteran to return around Dec. 14. At Capital One Arena, Beal was spotted limping off the court with 8:51 left in the opening quarter.

According to some NBA betting sites, the Wizards possess the eighth-lowest odds to win the championship in 2023. Quite a few sportsbooks have lowered their playoff chances.

After the medical staff assessed the guard’s injury, he was sent to the locker room for further evaluation. He did not return. An MRI on Monday revealed the strain.

Through 18 starts this season, Beal is averaging 22.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.2 steals. Also, he’s shooting 35.2% from three-point range and a career-high 52.2% from the floor.

Bradley Beal suffers a low-grade hamstring strain in the first quarter of the Wizards’ 130-119 loss to Lakers, will miss next three games

Last Friday, in the Wizards’ 117-116 loss to the Charlotte Hornets, the guard scored a season-high 33 points in 40 minutes of action. He finished 12-of-24 (50%) shooting from the field and hit two threes.

Other players listed on Washington’s injury report include Delon Wright (hamstring) and Rui Hachimura (ankle). Both Beal and Wright are out indefinitely. Hachimura is listed as questionable for Wednesday night’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls.

Wright is receiving an increased workload, per Unseld. The Wizards coach expects Wright to participate in 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills. Of course, the guard has not played since Oct. 25.

Moreover, Hachimura is still experiencing soreness. Unseld said the training staff will not rush him back. But the Wizards need as much help as possible right now. They are currently on a three-game skid. Washington is 11-13 and ranks 10th overall in the Eastern Conference.

After playing the Bulls, the Wizards’ next games are at the Indiana Pacers (Friday, Dec. 9) and at home against the Los Angeles Clippers (Saturday, Dec. 10).

Based on ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Bulls have a 58.8% chance of beating the Wizards on Wednesday night. While Chicago is also on a three-game losing streak, sportsbooks show the team as a five-point favorite at home. Without Bradley Beal, Washington is much worse.

James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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