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Wizards vs. Bulls: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards vs. Bulls: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

The Washington Wizards host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…


Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

No Butler or Wade

The Wizards (18-18) have an opportunity on Tuesday night to go above .500 for the first time this season and for the first time since Nov. 24 of 2015. With a win, they will also secure a 10th straight home victory. That would match their longest home winning streak since Jan. 20 of 2007. The longest home streak in franchise history is 22 games, set all the way back on March 5, 1975.

The odds seem good for the Wizards to extend their current streak and eclipse .500, as both of the Bulls' best players will be out. Two-time All-Star Jimmy Butler did not travel with the team due to an illness. He managed just one point in Chicago's loss to the Thunder on Monday night. Dwyane Wade, a 12-time All-Star, will not play so he can rest in the second game of a back-to-back. Those two account for 43 percent of the Bulls' scoring on average, so they will certainly be depleted when they face the Wizards.

[RELATED: Wall takes risks a lot of others won't]

Beal's ankle

The Bulls won't be feeling sorry for anybody when they're missing those guys, but the Wizards do have an injury to watch themselves. Bradley Beal twisted his previously sprained right ankle in Sunday's win over the Bucks and is said to be fine. But it's still something to watch, given it was the re-aggravation of an injury. 

Banged up or not, Beal appears to have broken out of what was a mini shooting slump. From Dec. 19 through Jan. 3, Beal shot just 40.7 percent from the field and 30.9 percent from three in seven games. In his last two he's 17-for-31 (55%) from the field and 7-for-17 (42%) from long range.

Though that includes a 2-for-10 three-point performance on Sunday, Beal plans to keep shooting it from downtown.

“I've gotta make more threes… Once those threes start falling everything will be good.”

Brooks' bench

Whether it be simply because of matchups in recent games or not, there has been a major shift in head coach Scott Brooks' bench rotation in the last two games. Marcus Thornton has not played with two straight DNP-CD's. Brooks had held Thornton out of the lineup just once in the Wizards' previous 34 games.

In Thornton's place has been rookie Sheldon McClellan. McClellan logged just one minute in a stretch of 17 games from Nov. 17 to Dec. 19. But since he has appeared in seven of the last nine games with at least 11 minutes in five of those outings. He had one of his best games of the season so far on Sunday in Milwaukee with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, with two steals and three rebounds. 

Brooks discussed McClellan's recent emergence at practice on Monday:

“I like what Sheldon has been able to do. He plays hard. When you play hard it gives you a chance to stay on the court and make good things happen for your team. I think he does that. He has that play hard gene that I like. It helps him. Last game I thought he had some big moments. He hit a couple big shots. He just didn’t rely on the jump shot. He went to the basket. He’s a talented player. I think he’s getting better as the season goes on.”

[RELATED: McClellan earns trust of Wizards' coaching staff]

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Wizards at Nuggets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards at Nuggets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Nikola Jokic, Gary Harris, Paul Millsap and the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…


Where: Pepsi Center
Tip-off: 9:00 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 8 p.m. with Wizards HangTime)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Smith may be out again

The Wizards are unlikely to have Jason Smith on board when they face the Nuggets on Monday night, as he continues to work his way back from a sprained right shoulder. Smith was injured in the season opener on Wednesday and has yet to practice since. He did conditioning drills on Saturday at Capital One Arena, but that was it.

If Smith can't go, the Wizards can again rely heavily on Kelly Oubre, Jr. in the starting lineup with Otto Porter at the four and Mike Scott coming off the bench behind them. That combination did work against the Pistons, who have a solid frontcourt, but it won't get any easier against Denver. Paul Millsap joined them in free agency and he's one of the best power forwards in the business. Plus, they have Nikola Jokic at center and he's a handful.


No MMA with Millsap

Now that Millsap is in the Western Conference, the Wizards see him much less often and that is a real shame. He and Markieff Morris developed an excellent one-on-one rivalry last season that was highlighted by Millsap, then with the Hawks, saying the Wizards were "playing MMA" during their first round playoff series. Morris fired back by saying what would come next was "double MMA" and took other shots at him, like how the term 'stretch four' "is soft" but that it works for Millsap.

Morris remains out following the sports hernia surgery he had in September, but he can do some talking from the bench, as he said he would once he returned to the team earlier this month. Don't be surprised if Morris is a little more vocal during this game.


Talented young trio

Millsap is the best veteran on the Nuggets, but they are building their future around three very intriguing young players. Jokic is just 22 and in their backcourt are Gary Harris (23) and Jamal Murray (20). Jokic averaged 16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season. Harris averaged 14.9 points and shot 50.2 percent from the field as a 6-foot-4 guard. Murray put up a solid 9.9 points in 21.5 minutes as a rookie after going seventh overall in the 2016 draft.

The Nuggets are a team on the rise and offense is their calling card. Last season they were third in the NBA in points per game (111.7) yet 27th out of 30 teams in opponents points per game (111.2). They had the second-worst defensive rating in basketball. Millsap should help those numbers over time, but expect this one to be a high-scoring affair because the Wizards are also a team known more for their offense these days.


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LaVar Ball says Wizards 'better beware' with matchup vs. Lakers approaching, Marcin Gortat fires back


LaVar Ball says Wizards 'better beware' with matchup vs. Lakers approaching, Marcin Gortat fires back

John Wall, when asked about Lonzo and LaVar Ball over the weekend on our Wizards Tipoff podcast, said that Lonzo is a "nice kid" but the trash-talking his father does will be "taken personally" by other NBA players. He explained how Lonzo will "be targeted" because of those comments.

Wall stopped short of saying whether he himself had taken them personally. Well, now LaVar is going after his Wizards.

In a video posted by Ball Is Life on Monday, Ball calls out the Wizards, who they host on Wednesday at the Staples Center:

"Washington is coming in here Wednesday? They better beware because Lonzo ain't losing again, not in the same week."

Wizards center Marcin Gortat saw the video soon after it was posted and tweeted that Wall is going to "torture" Ball for 48 minutes:

The Wizards play the Nuggets on Monday night, but it's hard not to look ahead at Wizards-Lakers which just got even more interesting.

For Wall's full comments on the Ball family, plus his explanation of 'Wolf Season,' check out the Wizards Tipoff podcast: