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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Dennis Schroder, Taurean Waller-Prince, Kent Bazemore and the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

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


Where: Philips Arena
Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Are they turning a corner?

The Wizards have battled inconsistency all season, but since John Wall returned on Dec. 13 things are looking up. The Wizards are 5-2 since he came back, tying their best seven-game stretch of the season so far. With Wall this season, they are 14-9, good for a 50-win pace.

Things haven't been all smooth even with Wall, but the Wizards are coming off their best win of the season at the Boston Celtics. Several guys are starting to hit their stride like Otto Porter, who has 37 points in his last two games while shooting 65 percent from the field and 63.6 percent from three. Markieff Morris, who hasn't been himself for much of the year, has shot 52.4 on field goals and 46.2 percent on threes in his last 12 games.


Testing the trend

The Hawks have the worst record in basketball, yet they present a test for the Wizards. After beating one of the best teams in the Celtics, can the Wizards now take care of business against a lesser foe? These games have been by no means a guarantee for the Wizards so far this season.

The Wizards are just 9-9 against sub-.500 teams. Their nine such losses are tied for the most in the NBA. Bad teams have continued to sneak up on them, but they did destroy the Magic over the weekend. A thorough win over the Hawks would help them change that narrative. A loss to the Hawks right after a win vs. the Celtics would put them right back to square one.


Hawks are truly terrible

There are many reasons why the Hawks have the worst record in the NBA at 8-25. They are dead-last in defensive rating, 28th in rebounding and 29th in three-pointers allowed. They are awful on defense and not much better at scoring the ball.

Losing Paul Millsap, Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Dwight Howard over the offseason completely changed the Hawks' outlook. Now it's all up to Dennis Schroder (19.8 ppg, 6.7 apg) and a large group of decent players, but no obvious No. 2 option. The Wizards should be in good shape for a win.


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Kelly Oubre, Jr.s development is giving Wizards options both in short-term and long-term


Kelly Oubre, Jr.s development is giving Wizards options both in short-term and long-term

Kelly Oubre, Jr. keeps taking his game to new heights. On Friday night against the Pistons he set a new career-high with 26 points and tied a personal best with five threes.

Though Oubre is not a starter, he produces like one. He is the Wizards' third-leading scorer since Thanksgiving. That's 28 games, or slightly more than a third of a full, 82-game season. 

Oubre has reached double figures in points this season in 28 of his 46 games. He's dropped 15 points or more in four straight and has hit multiple threes in each of his last seven.

Oubre's three-point percentage on the season is now up to 40.5 percent, way up from his 28.7 clip from a year ago and he is starting to separate himself from other NBA bench players. Only three reserves are averaging at least 12 points per game and shoot at least 40 percent from three. It's Oubre, Lou Williams of the Clippers and Nikola Mirotic of the Bulls.

What he's doing is also rare for his age. Only five players 22 or younger are shooting 40 percent or better from beyond the arc this season with at least 100 attempts and Oubre is one of them.

Oubre is still capable of making mistakes from inexperience, ones that frustrate head coach Scott Brooks. There have been several instances this season where Oubre has made the wrong decision based on clock and score awareness. Like many young players, he sometimes gambles on defense and pays for it.

But those errors are becoming few and far between. Oubre is playing well beyond his years and is making an impact on both ends of the floor. Perhaps most importantly, his development is giving the Wizards options both in the short-term and the long-term.

The Wizards' starting lineup has not been nearly as consistent as it was last season. Though they beat the Pistons on Friday, Brooks has hinted at changes if their issues continue.

John Wall and Bradley Beal are having seasons worthy of All-Star recognition. Meanwhile, Otto Porter has been hot and cold, Markieff Morris is averaging just 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and Marcin Gortat has seen his minutes go up and down. Oubre gives Brooks multiple options if he does want to shake up their starting lineup.

In the big picture, Oubre's development gives the Wizards flexablity. He's making just $2 million this season and $3 million the next. That is far lower than what Porter ($24.7M), Morris ($8M) and Gortat ($12.8M) are getting paid. If the Wizards wanted to turn to Oubre, they could save significant money with a trade.

The Wizards may keep Oubre right where he is, on their bench as the sixth man. But if they want to make a change, either big or small, he has given them more options than they had just months ago.

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Utah Jazz make guard Rodney Hood available, would Wizards be a fit?


Utah Jazz make guard Rodney Hood available, would Wizards be a fit?

Momentum is building towards Utah Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood getting dealt before next month's NBA trade deadline. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Saturday that multiple teams have already expressed interest in the four-year pro:

Hood, 25, is on an expiring contract and would provide scoring for a team in the market for offense. He's averaging 16.7 points this season on 41.3 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from three.

Hood isn't a very efficient player, but he can stretch the floor. He's also big for his position at 6-foot-8 and is a very good free throw shooter (86.2%).

The Wizards could use help at the shooting guard position with Bradley Beal logging heavy minutes. They have an improved bench after making several upgrades last offseason, but shooting guard Jodie Meeks has yet to establish a consistent role in their rotation due to his low shooting percentage.

The Wizards don't necessarily need offensive help, but Hood could help take pressure off of Beal. He could also play in lineups with both Beal and John Wall.

It's unclear what the Jazz want in return for Hood and whether the Wizards could make a worthy offer. If Utah is taking the longview to build for the future, that could mean a first round pick and the Wizards have already parted with their last two.

Regardless, if the Wizards decide to target shooting guards in the next few weeks, expect Hood's name to come up.