The Washington Wizards host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. INDIANA PACERS
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...
The Wizards beat the Bucks on Monday night to win their sixth straight game at home. That's the second-longest streak in the NBA only to the Cavaliers, who have won seven in a row in Cleveland. The Cavs are also the only team in the East with more home wins than the Wizards' 11 so far this season. The Wizards (11-6 at home) currently hold a .647 win percentage in D.C., up from .543 last season.
The Wizards have thrived on offense at the Verizon Center. Their 107.4 points per game at home are 11th in the NBA. Their 47.7 field goal percentage is fourth, behind only the Warriors, Bucks and Raptors. That includes a 39.3 percentage from three, which ranks sixth.
Head coach Scott Brooks said before Monday's game that Kelly Oubre, Jr. hasn't been at his best since missing one game due to a mild concussion. In his 10 games before getting the concussion, Oubre averaged 9.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals. He shot 48.5% from the field. In his four games since, he's averaged just 4.8 points on 31.8% shooting.
As for what's causing the drop-off, Brooks pointed to a lack in focus:
"He just has to stay focused on the defensive end. When he focuses on that, good things happen. We need him to play better. Rebounding seems like a good indicator with him. If he gets rebounds, he seems to have a better game. At that position, you have to be locked in mentally because there's so many big-time scorers and dynamic players at that wing spot. There's no days off."
George and Turner
The Pacers feature a pair of star players that both went off in the first meeting between the teams on Dec. 19. Paul George had 27 points in 40 minutes with eight rebounds. Turner had 20 points in 33 minutes on 8-of-13 shooting with nine rebounds and four blocks.
George was also effective on the defensive end. He switched to Bradley Beal after Beal got off to a hot start and was able to limit him for much of the game. Turner, a center who can stretch the floor, scored 11 of his points in the third quarter.