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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday 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 at CHARLOTTE HORNETS

Where: Spectrum 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...

Morris' status

The Wizards made a late scratch to their lineup about an hour before tip-off against the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, as power forward Markieff Morris dealt with an illness. The Wizards were fine without him for a night, as Jason Smith and Ian Mahinmi each stepped up with season-highs in points: 17 and 16 points, respectively.

But Washington surely wants to get Morris back to 100 percent and soon. John Wall said Morris has been battling sickness for several games and that's why his production has dipped. They need to get him back and playing well before their schedule heats up. We'll see if he can go on Saturday night.

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Last tuneup before Boston

Saturday night may represent a bit of a trap game for the Wizards, who know they have a matchup with much higher stakes set for Monday in Boston. The Hornets have had a disappointing year at 29-39 and currently sit 11th in the East. It would be easy to overlook them at this point of the season.

If the Wizards can take care of business, they will roll into Boston with a two-game winning streak. Getting Morris back into the mix would be a nice bonus, as well. Right now the Celtics are second in the East and just 1 1/2 games ahead of Washington. The Wizards lead the season series 2-1, so one more win and they secure an all-important tiebreaker.

The Wizards, by the way, are inching closer to securing a playoff spot. Their magic number to clinch is now just five and their magic number for the Southeast Division is 10. Washington hasn't won a division since 1978-79, a span of 37 seasons. That's the longest drought in the NBA.

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Charlotte is bottoming out

Not only are the Hornets underperforming this season, lately it has gotten even worse. They have lost three straight and 11 of their last 16 games. Injuries have hurt the Hornets all season and right now they are without star guard Nic Batum, who has a serious bout with migraine headaches.

The Hornets are a vulnerable team and there is certainly an opportunity for the Wizards, who have had trouble closing out games recently against lesser teams. Working in the Wizards' favor is their streak of 11 straight wins in games that are part of a back-to-back, as Saturday night's matchup will be.

[RELATED: Wall on Cousins: 'He said he would come to D.C.']

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Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

It was a short night for Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the 2018 All-Star three-point contest on Saturday, as he was eliminated in the first round.

Wearing the Wizards' new 'The District' white alternate jersey, Beal shot a 15 and fell short of the top three spots to qualify for the second round. Suns guard Devin Booker won the contest with a 28 score in the final, beating out Klay Thompson of the Warriors and Tobias Harris of the Clippers.

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Beal's was undone by a slow start. He missed all five shots on the first rack and made just one on the second. He began to heat up at the third rack, but by then couldn't recover.

Here is Beal's full round:

This was Beal's second showing in the three-point contest. He finished second back in 2014 and this year said he was motivated to avenge that loss. He should have plenty more opportunities to participate in the future if he chooses.

The NBA's All-Star Saturday night began with Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie winning the skills competition. He beat Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen in the final round.

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won the dunk contest. He edged Larry Nance, Jr. of the Cavaliers in the finals.

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2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

The 2018 NBA All-Star Saturday Night is here with the three-point contest, dunk contest and skills competition set for Los Angeles.

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

2018 NBA ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT

Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)

PODCAST: ALL-STAR WEEKEND PREVIEW, WIZARDS AT THE BREAK 

Skills competition

Participants: Lou Williams, Clippers; Jamal Murray, Nuggets; Al Horford, Celtics; Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets; Joel Embiid, Sixers; Buddy Hield, Kings; Lauri Markkanen, Bulls; Andre Drummond, Pistons

What to know: This year's crop has a fascinating mix of guards and big men and don't sleep on the seven-footers. Embiid in particular has a unique skillset for his size. Still, it's tough to beat the guards. Watch out for Dinwiddie, who is the best passer of the bunch.

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Three-point contest

Participants: Klay Thompson, Warriors; Eric Gordon, Rockets; Devin Booker, Suns; Paul George, Thunder; Wayne Ellington, Heat; Bradley Beal, Wizards; Kyle Lowry, Raptors; Tobias Harris, Clippers

What to know: Thompson and Gordon enter the contest as past champions, as Thompson won it in 2016 and Gordon took it home last year. Thompson has the best three-point percentage among the group and is the favorite, but watch out for Beal, a past runner-up, and George who has the second best percentage. Also, Booker is one of the game's best young players and has a very smooth stroke from three.

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Dunk contest

Participants: Dennis Smith Jr.; Mavericks; Donovan Mitchell, Jazz; Larry Nance Jr., Cavaliers; Victor Oladipo, Pacers

What to know: This is all about the rookies, Smith and Mitchell, who most are predicting to win. Oladipo has been in the contest before, but didn't win. He's also the only All-Star of the bunch. Nance is the only guy who isn't a guard and his father won it back in 1984. It will be interesting to see if he does some sort of nod to his old man, now 34 years later.

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