John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Jahlil Okafor, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and the Brooklyn Nets on Friday 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 BROOKLYN NETS
Where: Barclays Center
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...
Will Porter play?
The Wizards have been without starting small forward Otto Porter for two straight games now as he deals with a right hip contusion stemming from last Friday's game against the L.A. Clippers. He has missed practices along the way, but the team insists it is not serious and the fact the injury hasn't required further testing bolsters their case. Head coach Scott Brooks also said that this hip ordeal is not related to Porter's history of right hip issues. So, expect him back on the court soon and possibly even Friday night against Brooklyn.
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These two teams played each other not long ago, on Dec. 12 and also in Brooklyn. The Nets won that one and handed the Wizards one of their more frustrating losses of the season. Though Washington didn't have John Wall, there was no excuse. The Nets were without several key players and the Wizards made key mistakes down the stretch, including a five-second inbound violation by Tomas Satoransky with 8.8 seconds left.
That game was actually the last time the Nets have won. Since, they have lost four straight with three of those games coming at home. They can't possibly get the Wizards twice in two weeks, can they?
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Just days before the last matchup between these teams, the Brooklyn Nets orchestrated a noteworthy trade with the Sixers to acquire former No. 3 overall pick Jahlil Okafor and former No. 8 overall pick Nik Stauskas. But neither of those guys played in the first meeting, as head coach Kenny Atkinson held them out while they got acclimated to their new organization.
Now those two are getting minutes for the Nets and it has been a slow start for both of them. Okafor has played one game where he scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds in 23 minutes. Stauskas has appeared in three games with averages of 8.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 15.7 minutes. Keep in mind for Okafor that he's been exceptionally good against the Wizards in his brief career. In five matchups, he's averaging 17.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and is shooting 64.3 percent. That includes 26 points and nine rebounds against the Wizards on Jan. 14 of this year.
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