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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