Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre and the Washington Wizards battle Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday 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 PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Where: Moda Center
Tip-off: 10 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 9 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Bounce back needed
Sometimes back-to-back games are a good thing and the Wizards are surely thankful they get an opportunity to rebound quickly from what was a disaster of a loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday night. The Wizards were decimated by 47 points, their second-worst loss in franchise history and their worst since 1971 when they were known as the Baltimore Bullets. It was a hideous defeat and they will be motivated to put it behind them quickly.
The Wizards will also see this as a chance to get back at the Blazers who came back from down 17 points to steal a win on Nov. 25 in Washington. It was one of their toughest losses of the season and the Wizards can get back at them on Tuesday.
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Starters need to be better
There were a lot to blame in their loss to the Jazz, but the Wizards have several players in their starting lineup who need to be much better than they have been lately, especially with John Wall out. Bradley Beal is averaging just 9.7 points in his last four games and had 11 (4-for-15 FG) in Utah. Marcin Gortat went scoreless for the first time since 2011. After having his best game of the season on Friday, Markieff Morris had 11 points and one rebound against the Jazz.
The Wizards' last two wins were without Wall and despite Beal not playing well, but their bench played well above their norm. But the Wizards can't rely on their bench to lead the way. Their starters have to be better, plain and simple. Morris had only nine points against the Blazers in their first meeting, so a better performance from him would be welcome.
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Blazers aren't playing great at home
Though the Blazers are 13-10 on the season, they have lost their last two games entering this matchup, both of them at home. Portland, in fact, has lost four of their last seven home games overall and lately the players have been receiving a lot of questions about their inability to win at the Moda Center.
Last season the Blazers were 25-16 at home compared to 16-25 on the road. Only two teams currently in the playoff picture - the Wizards and the Pelicans - have worse winning percentages at home this season.
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