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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards host Paul George, Myles Turner and the Indiana Pacers on Friday 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…


Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Mahinmi faces former team

Wizards backup center Ian Mahinmi is expected to do something for the first time all season on Friday night: play in consecutive games. The 30-year-old big man played his first game on Nov. 26 after recovering for six weeks from a partially torn left meniscus only to go right back down with right knee tendinitis. Over two months later, and after he underwent platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment on both knees, Mahinmi finally returned in the Wizards' win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

Mahinmi will look to take another step after playing just 14 minutes in his return on Friday. This next game happens to come against his former team, the Pacers, whom he left to join the Wizards in free agency. Mahinmi missed the first two meetings between the teams, so this is his first shot at his former running mates.

[RELATED: Mahinmi looks ahead to playing again vs. former team]

Morris likely to return

The Wizards announced some surprising news just before tip-off against the Nets, that power forward Markieff Morris would sit due to a sore right calf. Morris went through warmups at the Barclays Center and told the coaching staff he couldn't go.

"I thought there was a possibility that he would not play but I thought he would," head coach Scott Brooks said after the overtime win. "We're going to be safe with all of our guys, not just the starters. He felt that he couldn't go. I respect him. That guy loves to play."

Brooks pointed out how Morris has played in 50 of the Wizards' 52 games this season, and the injury sounds very minor. But still, his mobility bears watching given how important Morris has been lately - he's averaged 17.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in his last 18 games - and how much Kelly Oubre, Jr. struggled in his place against Brooklyn (0 points, three rebounds in 33 minutes). Morris has been a big part of the Wizards' recent resurgence and they will be glad to have him back, even if he's not quite 100 percent.

[RELATED: Markieff Morris out for Nets game with injury]

Pacers are playing well

It's no secret that the Wizards have been on a roll lately. Since beginning the season a staggering 2-8, they have rebounded to go 29-13 over their last 42 games, or slightly more than half a season. On Monday they had a seven-game win streak and 17-game home win streak snapped by the Cavaliers, but took the defending champions to overtime in the loss.

The Wizards have been hot lately, but the Pacers haven't been far behind. Since the last time the two teams played, on Dec. 30 in Washington, the Wizards have the best record in the East (16-5), while the Pacers are tied for the second-best (14-5) with the Celtics. Only the Warriors have been better than both teams in that span. And during this stretch, the Wizards rank first (48.8) and the Pacers second (48.7) in field goal percentage among Eastern Conference teams, respectively. The two teams will meet on Friday and something has to give.

[RELATED: Barkley and Shaq say John Wall is East's best point guard]

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It's hard to tell after three games how the Wizards and Pacers would match up in the playoffs

It's hard to tell after three games how the Wizards and Pacers would match up in the playoffs

The Wizards crossed off an important goal on Saturday night by beating the Indiana Pacers and therefore securing the season series. If the teams tie with the same regular season record, the Wizards will get the higher playoff seed. As of today, that would mean home court advantage in the first round.

Though the Wizards have beaten the Pacers in two of their three matchups this season, we only know so much about how they would match up in the playoffs. The first game between them didn't feature Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo and John Wall didn't play in any of the three games. The Pacers were without both Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis on Saturday night.

Given the Pacers underwent so much change over the summer, there is no real data to go off of from before this season. They are a completely different team with Oladipo leading the way and Paul George now in Oklahoma City.


There are reasons to believe, however, that the Wizards would fare well against the Pacers over the course of a seven-game series. For one, they figured out how to slow Oladipo and his teammate Bojan Bogdanovic on Saturday night. Both had killed the Wizards in previous matchups.

Oladipo was held to 18 points, over five points below his season average of 23.5. He had four turnovers, shot 7-for-16 (43.7%) and finished a -18 in a game the Pacers lost by seven.

The Wizards had some success with Tomas Satoransky guarding Oladipo. Satoransky is 6-foot-7 with long arms. He was able to recover on several occasions to alter Oladipo's shots.

Satoransky and Bradley Beal also did a good job keeping pace with Oladipo on the fastbreak. The Pacers had only four fastbreak points in the game. Oladipo is especially dangerous in the open court.

“We just made sure that we were aggressive with him and made sure he saw a lot of bodies in the paint," Beal said. "The last game, he got a lot of easy ones in transition. We just made sure that we got back on the shot, loaded to the ball and forced the other guys to attack.”

For Bogdanovic, it was about limiting open shots from the perimeter. Bogdanovic had 11 points, three below his season average and had four turnovers. Beal and Otto Porter stripped Bogdanovic for steals and Marcin Gortat took a charge on one play in the third quarter.


But it was all about taking away the outside shot. Bogdanovic only hit one shot in the first half and it was a three. The only reason he got it off is because Kelly Oubre, Jr. lost his balance backing up. That gave Bogdanovic the window he needed. Otherwise, Oubre helped frustrate the former Wizards small forward. So did Gortat and Ian Mahinmi, who did a good job covering their teammates off screens.

The Pacers are an average offensive team, ranking 16th in points per game and 14th in offensive rating. They are better defensively, ranking ninth-best in opponents points per game and 12th in defensive efficiency.

If the Wizards can limit Oladipo and Bogdanovic, the Pacers' two leading scorers, they should have a good shot at beating the Pacers in the playoffs. Beyond them, the Pacers are thin in the scoring department. Turner only averages 13.6 points and no one else beyond him can consistently make an opposing defense pay for mistakes. Conversely, several Wizards players have given the Pacers major trouble through three games this season.

Gortat, who had 18 points and eight rebounds on Saturday, has averaged 13 points and eight rebounds on 57.7 percent shooting against Indiana. Kelly Oubre, Jr., who had 16 points in 18 minutes, has averaged 15.5 points and is shooting 50 percent from the field.


In addition to those guys, Markieff Morris, Porter, Mike Scott, Mahinmi and Satoransky are all shooting over 50 percent against the Pacers. Satoransky is shooting 71.4 percent through three games.

The Wizards have the pieces to counter what the Pacers do best. Indiana is seventh in three-point percentage, but the Wizards are the best team in basketball in opponents three-point percentage. The Pacers are built around an All-Star guard, but the Wizards have two All-Star guards. The Pacers have a collection of talented wing players, but so do the Wizards.

"Hypothetically, I do like Indiana," Beal said. "I like how we match up with Indiana and I feel like there is a lot of stuff that we can take advantage of. In a lot of categories, I think we can win them."

Add it all up and the Wizards have every reason to feel confident if they see the Pacers in the posteason. Keep that in mind because they very well could meet up in the spring.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' important win over Pacers, including Kelly Oubre's big dunk

5 must-see moments from Wizards' important win over Pacers, including Kelly Oubre's big dunk

Here are five plays or moments from the Wizards' 109-102 win over the Pacers on Saturday night that are worth revisiting... 

1. The Wizards took care of business against the Pacers on Saturday night and in doing so earned an important advantage in the playoff race. They won the season series and therefore own a tiebreaker for playoff seeding and currently that would mean home court advantage in the first round if the playoffs began today.

The Wizards took control early and part of that effort were five first-half assists by Bradley Beal. He ended up with 19 points, but some of his best plays were passes.

On this one, he executed a perfect pick-and-roll with Marcin Gortat:


2. This was another pretty pass to Gortat. Tomas Satoransky, who had 12 points and eight assists, fed Gortat with a nice reach-around pass on a play that featured some impressive ball movement overall:

3. This was a great moment. The Wizards had a member of the military surprise his niece on the court. She literally did not see it coming:


4. These last two plays are dunks by Kelly Oubre, Jr., who finished with 16 points. On this play, he cut through the and threw down with authority:

5. This dunk was set up by a beautiful pass from Ramon Sessions. It traveled about three-quarters of the court and Oubre did the rest:

The Wizards now have three days off before their next game as they sit fourth in the Eastern Conference. Things are trending positive for the Wizards as the playoff race heats up.

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