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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 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 could be without their starting small forward again on Tuesday when they host the Pelicans, as Otto Porter did not participate in practice on Monday. Once all the players had finished their drills and scrimmages, Porter came out to shoot free throws, but that was about it.

Porter continues to deal with a sore right hip after a collision in Friday night's game against the Clippers. The Wizards will re-evaluate him on Tuesday morning. If he can't go, Kelly Oubre, Jr. should get the start. But having Porter would be nice against a New Orleans team that boasts one of the best scoring attacks in basketball.

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Can John or Keef get going?

The Wizards have two of their regulars trying to work themselves into midseason form, John Wall and Markieff Morris, both of whom have missed time recently due to injury. Morris sat out Wednesday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies due to right hip soreness. Wall has more of an excuse, as he's just three games back after missing nine following two procedures on his left knee.

Both Wall and Morris have yet to reach their peak for various reasons. In his three games back, Wall is averaging 14.3 points and 5.0 assists per game, well below his season averages. And his season averages of 19.4 points and 8.5 assists are considerably down from what he was doing last year (23.1 ppg, 10.7 apg). The same could be said for Morris, who has been held to 6.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in his last four outings and to 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game on the year. Those numbers are way down from the 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game he put up last season.

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Boogie and the Brow

Tuesday night will be the first time the Wizards face the Pelicans since they traded for All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. Both matchups between the teams last season had been played when New Orleans brought Cousins in near the trade deadline to pair him with Anthony Davis, another versatile and accomplished big man.

Now with the two of them, the Pelicans offer a matchup problem unique only to them. Several teams have great big men, but no one has two guys of this caliber who can do so many different things. Both can shoot and Cousins can from three. Both are mobile and terrific rebounders. Cousins is powerful and Davis is insanely long. It will be interesting to see how the Wizards attack them and how it affects their usual rotation.

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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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2018 NBA Playoffs Wizards-Raptors Game 4: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

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

GAME 4: TORONTO RAPTORS AT WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Series: Raptors lead 2-1
Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 6 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (pregame coverage begins at 5 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Time to get even

After a momentous Game 3 win, the Wizards have breathed some life back into their season. On Sunday, they can make this a brand new series.

With a win in Game 4 for the Wizards, they would tie the series and send it back to Toronto ensuring another home game in Washington. A loss would put them down 3-1, a deficit that has historically been hard to overcome.

Only 11 teams have accomplished the feat, most notably the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. The Warriors did the same that year in the conference finals. It has only been done three times since 2006. 

How will Raptors respond?

Game 3 took on a much different tone and style than the previous two and it played into the Wizards' hands. It was much more physical and Washington did a good job of instigating contact and using it to their advanage. After the game, several players highlighted Markieff Morris shoving OG Anunoby and Serge Ibaka as a turning point.

Just because it worked in Game 3 doesn't mean it will carry over successfully in Game 4. Not only could the Raptors respond with their own dose of brutality, but the referees may try to nip anything of the sort in the bud early on.

It would not be surprising if Game 4 was officiated very tightly and if a message was sent in the first quarter to the players. After seeing how well it worked in Game 3, the Wizards will likely try to test the limits.

Playoff Beal

The Raptors will also try to adjust their defense following Bradley Beal's 28-point outburst in Game 3. He wasn't much of a factor in the first two games of the series, but broke out in Game 3 to lead the Wizards to a win.

The Wizards did a good job of getting Beal involved early. He was found for open looks from three in the first half and had two three-pointers in each of the first two quarters. Beal also took it upon himself to attack the rim and force the issue.

The Raptors held Beal back in the first two games by being rough with him and in Game 2 they got him in foul trouble. Surely he will be a big emphasis of their gameplan on Sunday.

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The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards dominated Game 3 because everybody ate ... literally

The Wizards returned to Washington, D.C. on Friday down 0-2 to the Raptors in their best-of-seven 2018 NBA Playoffs first-round series

The team lost a close one in Game 1 and was run out of the building in Game 2. Game 3 was must-win, and the Wizards knew what needed to happen in order for them to secure the victory.

"Everybody eats." 

That's the phrase that has defined the Wizards throughout much of the season They are at their best when John Wall is making plays and feeding his teammates.

On Friday night, the Wizards beat the Raptors 122-103 to force at least a Game 5. Wall finished with 28 points and 14 assists.

Bradley Beal finally broke out of his slump for 28 points and  Marcin Gortat, Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre all chipped in with at least 10 points.

But the stat sheet wasn't the only place where everybody eats.

Here's Marcin Gortat from Game 3. 

But if pantomiming isn't your thing, here is Bradley Beal actually eating popcorn during Game 3.

So what did we learn in Game 3? Well, for starters: "Everybody Eats" is not just a motto, it is a way of life.

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