John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Andre Drummond, Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris and the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT DETROIT PISTONS
Where: Little Caesars Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington Plus (coverage begins at 7 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Will Brooks make adjustments?
The Wizards suffered another tough loss on Wednesday night, a blowout defeat in Charlotte to a Hornets team that is currently well outside the playoff picture. It was a loss so bad that afterwards head coach Scott Brooks said he would "change some things." Guard Bradley Beal said after the game that he believes Brooks is serious, that changes will be made.
We didn't get any specifics, but they likely mean an adjustment to the rotation. A starter could be benched or pieces could be moved in the second unit. Brooks could of course change nothing at all. We will see what he meant on Friday night.
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Oubre is killing it
The Wizards are waiting for Otto Porter and Markieff Morris to get going, but backup forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. has been on quite the tear. In his last six games he's reached double digits in points with averages of 14.7 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 55.3 percent from the field and 51.7 percent from three. Over his last 13 games, Oubre is shooting 53.5 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Oubre, in fact, has been the Wizards' third-leading scorer since Thanksgiving, a stretch of 27 games. That's a big sample size and further evidence that Oubre has developed into much more than a bench player. He is a starter-level player coming off the bench.
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Pistons are banged up
The Pistons were one of the NBA's biggest surprises early this season as they jumped out to a strong start and looked like legitimate contenders in the Eastern Conference. But since they have fallen hard back down to Earth and currently sit ninth in the East and outside of the playoff picture. Detroit has lost three straight games and six of their past eight.
Injuries have helped contribute to their recent slide. Defensive stopper Avery Bradley is dealing with a sore groin and could miss Friday's game. Point guard Reggie Jackson is out with an ankle injury. Swingman Stanley Johnson has a bum hip and could sit out against the Wizards. And rookie Luke Kennard is expected to return on Friday, but he's dealing with a thumb injury on his shooting hand. The Wizards should have an advantage in depth in this matchup.
The Wizards have won each of the first two meetings between these teams this season. If they win on Friday, they will take the season series which could come in handy for playoff tiebreakers later on.
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