John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle De'Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein, Vince Carter and the Sacramento Kings on Sunday 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 SACRAMENTO KINGS
Where: Golden 1 Center
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 5 p.m. with Wizards HangTime)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Need a win
The Wizards are coming off two tough losses in games they probably feel they should have won. The first was a late-game collapse of sorts against a lowly Lakers team. The second was a close loss to the Warriors where the Wizards were a few plays away from taking out the defending champions without Markieff Morris or Bradley Beal.
Now the Wizards head to Sacramento at 3-2 in desperate need of a win. A loss would give them three straight defeats. It would drop them to .500 on the year through six games and end their road trip with a 1-3 mark. Any long West Coast trip is going to be tough, but a 1-3 showing would make for a long plane ride home Sunday night.
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Wall vs. Fox
John Wall has said it several times that Kings rookie De'Aaron Fox reminds him of himself. Fox was picked fifth overall by the Kings out of the University of Kentucky, Wall's alma mater. He's a 6-foot-4 point guard known for his lightning speed.
Fox is also off to a strong start, averaging 14.8 points, 5.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds through his first five games. Wall has already faced off with Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick, plus Lonzo Ball, the No. 2 pick. Fox is the latest star rookie point guard to see the Wall Star.
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The Wizards finally broke out from long range against the Warriors on Friday after a slow start in perimeter shooting. They made just 27 threes through their first four games, an average of 6.75 per contest. Against Golden State, they hit 15 of them. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had four and Otto Porter nailed seven of them, each setting career-highs.
Porter is now shooting 50 percent for the season from downtown but Beal has yet to come around. Beal is hitting just 23.8 percent of his threes, a number that is by no means likely to continue. It wouldn't be surprising if he had a breakout performance from three, if he plays of course. Beal could be facing a suspension after the fight between him and Draymond Green.