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Wizards at Celtics: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards at Celtics: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT BOSTON CELTICS

Where: TD Garden
Tip-off: 5:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 5:00 p.m.)
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

PODCAST: MORRIS ON WHY THE WIZARDS ARE A TOUGH TEAM

First meeting of the season

The NBA knew what they were doing with the schedule this year. The Wizards and Celtics have a strong rivalry and will meet each other for the first time since their epic playoff matchup in the spring on Christmas Day. They even have a marquee 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

The Celtics' roster underwent a significant overhaul over the offseason and so far it's working quite well. They have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 27-9. The Wizards decided to run it back with mostly the same roster as last season and for various reasons have battled inconsistency through 33 games. They are 18-15, seventh in the East. Despite the Wizards' record, this game will be a battle between two of the most talented teams in the conference.

Wall vs. Kyrie

The Wizards and Celtics now offer one of the best point guard duels in basketball. In one corner is John Wall and the other is Kyrie Irving. Both are four-time All-Stars and top overall picks. Wall went first in 2010 and Irving in 2011.

Wall and Irving have very different playing styles and are good friends off the court. But it will be fascinating to watch them go back and forth as part of this rivalry. They will both be up for the matchup, knowing comparisons will inevitably be made.

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Tatum is a problem

The Celtics feature one of the NBA's best rookies in Jayson Tatum, the third overall pick out of Duke University. His production and consistency is rarely seen from a guy his age, just 19 years old. Through 36 games, Tatum is averaging 13.8 points, 5.7 rebounds 1.5 assists and nearly a block and steal per game.

The most impressive thing is his efficiency. Tatum is shooting 50.8 percent from the field and an absurd 49.1 percent from three. He combines deadly shooting with quick ballhandling and a vertical leap capable of putting opponents on posters. Just look at this dunk he threw down. It was vicious:

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NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes reveals his 2018 NBA All-Star ballot

NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes reveals his 2018 NBA All-Star ballot

The 2018 NBA All-Star starters have been announced with few surprises based on the previous updates we saw from fan voting, which account for 50 percent of the equation. The other 50 percent is split by players and media.

I had the honor of filling out one of the media ballots before the Jan. 15 deadline and in interest of transparency, here is how I voted with some brief reasoning for why:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

G Kyrie Irving, Celtics

Irving is the best player on the top team in the conference. He is scoring like he always has, but is now expanding his game under coach Brad Stevens.

G Bradley Beal, Wizards

Beal has turned into one of the best scorers in the NBA and now does so many more things. It wasn't an easy pick between him, DeMar DeRozan, John Wall and Victor Oladipo, but Beal has been so valuable to the Wizards this season with Wall missing extended time that he got the nod.

PODCAST: WHAT CHANGES SHOULD THE WIZARDS MAKE?

F LeBron James, Cavs

LeBron remains the best player in basketball and is having one of his best seasons at the age of 33. It's incredible to watch and he is deserving of the most votes.

F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Giannis is a bonafide star and is among the most versatile players in the NBA with how he can affect the game on both ends of the floor. Even without a three-point shot, he's completely unstoppable on offense.

F Joel Embiid, Sixers

Embiid is proving he can stay on the court (for the most part) and is putting up crazy numbers. Kristaps Porzingis and others got consideration for this spot, but Embiid edged them out with his rebounding.

RELATED: BROOKS FEELS GOOD ABOUT WALL AND BEAL'S ALL-STAR CHANCES

WESTERN CONFERENCE

G Russell Westbrook, Thunder

His scoring is down from last season, but Westbrook tops the NBA in assists per game and things are starting to click in Oklahoma City with him leading the way.

G James Harden, Rockets

The NBA's leading scorer, Harden is still putting up insane numbers despite co-existing with another star guard in Chris Paul. And the Rockets are really, really good.

F Kevin Durant, Warriors

The best player on the league's best team, Durant is currently fifth in points per game and tied for third in blocks. He is incredibly efficient and does so many things well.

F Anthony Davis, Pelicans

Davis continues to put up impressive numbers, but he's now more efficent than ever. The Pelicans are currently sixth in the West, too.

F Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

Towns has become almost underrated with all the attention placed on other young stars in the league, but he's as good as any of them. Big KAT has the T'Wolves on track to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

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2018 NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James, Steph Curry named captains; Wall and Beal miss cut for starters

2018 NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James, Steph Curry named captains; Wall and Beal miss cut for starters

The NBA announced the starters for next month's 2018 All-Star Game and once again LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was the top vote-getter.

Stephen Curry of the Warriors was second in votes, meaning he and James will serve as captains and pick teams for the Feb. 18 showcase.

Neither John Wall or Bradley Beal of the Wizards made the cut as starters, so they will have to hope to make it as reserves by NBA coaches. The full rosters are announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

For the starters, fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote with players and media each representing 25 percent. 

PODCAST: WHAT CHANGES SHOULD THE WIZARDS MAKE?

Here are the starters from each conference. Keep in mind these groups will be split up once the captains pick their teams:

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS

G Kyrie Irving, Celtics -- 2,170,833 fan votes (5th All-Star appearance)

G DeMar DeRozan, Raptors -- 998,999 fan votes (4th)

F LeBron James, Cavs -- 2,638,294 fan votes (14th)

F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks -- 2,530,211 fan votes (2nd)

F Joel Embiid, Sixers -- 1,285,587 fan votes (1st)

RELATED: BROOKS FEELS GOOD ABOUT WALL AND BEAL'S ALL-STAR CHANCES

WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS

G Stephen Curry, Warriors -- 2,379,494 fan votes (5th All-Star appearance)

G James Harden, Rockets -- 1,486,830 fan votes (6th)

F Kevin Durant, Warriors -- 2,238,406 fan votes (9th)

F Anthony Davis, Pelicans -- 1,088,230 fan votes (4th)

F DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans -- 922,269 fan votes (4th)

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