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...
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:
Jayson Tatum Dunk #1773743873 on the season pic.twitter.com/B3hh9WqZHN— Celtics News (@CelticsNewsNBA) November 21, 2017