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Wizards vs. Bulls: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards vs. Bulls: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Lauri Markannen, Kris Dunn, Nikola Mirotic and the Chicago Bulls on New Year's Eve afternoon.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. CHICAGO BULLS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 3:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 2:30 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Searching for consistency

In their last three games, the Wizards have beaten the Celtics and Rockets, teams with two of the top three records in the NBA. They have also lost to the Atlanta Hawks, the worst team in the entire league. It has been an up-and-down stretch and a microcosm of their season so far. They play really well against good teams and sometimes really bad against the bad teams.

The Bulls will give them a chance to rewrite the narrative a bit. Their 13-22 record puts them below .500 and the Wizards are 9-10 against losing teams with the most such losses in the NBA. They beat the Rockets and won in impressive fashion. Can they now take care of business against a lesser team? We shall see.

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Bulls are rising

This isn't your average 13-22 team. After beginning the season 3-20, the Bulls have gone 10-2 in their last 12. It's an incredible turnaround and though they may not even sniff the playoffs, it's a testament to head coach Fred Hoiberg and his team's resolve.

A huge reason for the Bulls' improved play has been the return of forward Nikola Mirotic following the broken bones he suffered in his face in a fight with teammate Bobby Portis. Mirotic has been their leading scorer with 18.1 points per game to go along with 7.3 rebounds. He's shooting an excellent 50.3 percent from the field and 48 percent from three. Since he's returned, the Bulls are fourth in points per game (109.0), ninth in field goal percentage (47.3) and sixth in three-point percentage (38.3). They have also been the NBA's best team at defending the three point line during that stretch.

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Young talent

The Bulls may fall back down to Earth soon but the future is bright for several of their young players. They have 20-year-old big man Lauri Markannen, the seventh overall pick in the 2017 draft. He is averaging 14.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. They got the pick to take Markannen in their trade with the T'Wolves that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota. They also got back 23-year-old point guard Kris Dunn, the fifth pick in the 2016 draft. He's averaging 13.2 points, 5.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds. Then there's Portis, who at 22 years old is averaging 12.5 points and 6.7 rebounds.

Dunn, though, is dealing with knee tendinitis. He was a late scratch for the Bulls' game on Friday and didn't practice on Saturday. It is uncertain if he wll be available against the Wizards.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 104-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday afternoon...

1. John Wall came out swinging in the first half with 22 points, 16 of them in the first quarter alone. 

This was one of his best plays. Wall split two defenders and then flipped it in off the glass:

Wall finished with 27 points, nine assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. 

2. Kelly Oubre, Jr. led the Wizards' bench with 19 points, five rebounds and a block. He missed on this play, but nearly dunked on Giannis Antetokounmpo. That would have been something:

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3. Oubre did get this one to go down. He popped a three at the buzzer to end the third quarter:

4. Wall had some nice passes including this alley-oop lob to Tomas Satoransky. Sato got way up there:

Satoransky also threw down this alley-oop pass earlier thrown by Bradley Beal:

5. This last play was by the Bucks and it was not something you see every day. Antetokounmpo fired an assist through his legs like a longsnapper:

The Wizards lost a close one. Now they head to Charlotte to begin a five-game road trip.

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On MLK Day, John Wall wonders what King would think about race relations under President Trump

On MLK Day, John Wall wonders what King would think about race relations under President Trump

John Wall spoke at length over the summer about race relations in the United States following the violence in Charlottesville in August orchestrated by white supremacists.

Following the Wizards' game against the Bucks on Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday, Wall was asked about the subject again.

Wall does not believe improvements have made in the last few months with President Donald Trump in office and he wonders how King would react if he were alive to see the current state of America.

"I think he still wouldn't be satisfied. We're still dealing with it. I think it got better for a little period of time, but with the new president we have I think things are going backwards. We've been dealing with it the last couple of years. There are some things we still need to figure out," Wall said.

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The Wizards play on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day every year and Wizards players cherish the tradition. It is not lost on Wall that he plays in Washington, D.C. where King made his famous 'I Have A Dream' speech and led the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

“That’s just an honor and a blessing," Wall said.

"We are all still sticking to what he had with this dream, and we are just trying to get everything to be right with it. To be able to play in this city is an honor."

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Wall says he tries to embody King's dream in his own life. King helped lead the civil rights movement that paved the way for equal rights and Wall, an African-American, has much to thank for those who fought. Every American does.

Wall says he wants to make King proud.

“I just hope that he appreciates what I’m doing. I’m doing myself very well. I hope he’s thankful for what I’m doing. I’m striving to be a better African-American athlete, and just as a person first of all – I think that’s the most important thing," he said.

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