John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon and the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday afternoon, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. MILWAUKEE BUCKS
Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 2 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 1 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Wizards Gaining Momentum
With two narrow victories on Friday and Saturday night, the Wizards are trending upward again with six wins in their last eight games entering Monday's matinee. Since John Wall returned on Dec. 13, the Wizards are 11-5. Only five teams have had a better record during that stretch.
Wall and Bradley Beal haven been playing particularly well. In his last seven outings, Wall has put up 25.0 points, 11.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 40.7 percent from three. Beal has scored 20-plus points in 10 straight games. Now they get a great test on Milwaukee's backcourt of Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton.
The Wizards and Bucks saw each other just recently on Jan. 6 in D.C. In that game there was some drama, as Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova was ejected for pulling Beal down by his shoulders on a foul.
The Wizards had a lot to say about Dellavedova afterwards, including Wall who said he's a dirty player. The Australian guard has a lengthy history of reckless play and many across the league, including the Wizards, have taken note. We'll see if there's any carryover in the rematch.
Giannis is a Problem
The Wizards had a heck of a time trying to guard Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo in their last matchup. Antetokounmpo went off for 34 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block. He shot 12-for-17 from the field and hit a clutch shot in the final minute over Kelly Oubre, Jr. to help seal the win.
It's not easy containing Antetokounmpo, who is such a unique athlete with his size, length and versatility. But the Wizards have to try something different because last time it wasn' working.
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