John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards host Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night as they aim to continue rising the ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
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...
Wizards get another shot
The Wizards and Grizzlies will close their season series on Wednesday night as the Wizards get their turn to host the matchup. The Grizzlies beat the Wizards in Memphis on Oct. 30 and it was one the Wizards felt got away from them. They had a chance to win before center Marc Gasol hit a game-tying three at the end of regulation. The Wizards then got blown away in overtime where the Grizzlies outscored them 12-3.
Gasol's three-pointers - he also hit a big one in overtime - took the Wizards by surprise. Now they know that is a part of his game, as he's hitting 39.1% of them this season, a respectable clip for a 7-footer.
Bradley Beal will also look for a better game this time around. He was limited to just 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting in October.
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Allen is back
The Wizards went to Memphis for the second game of the season and at that time Grizzlies guard Tony Allen was sidelined with a knee injury. Allen is still getting it done defensively with 1.8 steals per game at the age of 35. That should provide a good challenge for Beal, who will probably see plenty of him on Wednesday night. Allen and Mike Conley, Jr. form a dynamic defensive tandem as a backcourt.
Beal, in fact, says he's never played against Allen and is looking forward to the matchup:
"This is actually my first time playing against Tony...It was either I was hurt or he was hurt," he said. "It will be a little new and different for me. I know how he is just watching him in previous years on TV, just seeing how physical he is. He's a really great defender who takes pride in it. For me, it's just moving without the ball to make him tired and not being afraid to be physical back. Give him some bumps, hit him back and on top of that just make sure I take care of the ball and be strong with it."
The Wizards have won 12 straight at home in large part due to the fact they shoot an impressively high percentage at home. Only the Warriors shoot better than the Wizards (48.7%) at home this season.
That will be put to the test on Wednesday night, though, against a Grizzlies team that is exeptional at making their opponents take tough shots. They are third in basketball in opponents field goal percentage, limiting teams to just 43.5% from the field. They allow a league-low 34.2 field goal makes per game. The Grizzlies are also pretty good on the road with a winning record at 11-10.