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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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NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes reveals his 2018 NBA All-Star ballot

NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes reveals his 2018 NBA All-Star ballot

The 2018 NBA All-Star starters have been announced with few surprises based on the previous updates we saw from fan voting, which account for 50 percent of the equation. The other 50 percent is split by players and media.

I had the honor of filling out one of the media ballots before the Jan. 15 deadline and in interest of transparency, here is how I voted with some brief reasoning for why:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

G Kyrie Irving, Celtics

Irving is the best player on the top team in the conference. He is scoring like he always has, but is now expanding his game under coach Brad Stevens.

G Bradley Beal, Wizards

Beal has turned into one of the best scorers in the NBA and now does so many more things. It wasn't an easy pick between him, DeMar DeRozan, John Wall and Victor Oladipo, but Beal has been so valuable to the Wizards this season with Wall missing extended time that he got the nod.

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F LeBron James, Cavs

LeBron remains the best player in basketball and is having one of his best seasons at the age of 33. It's incredible to watch and he is deserving of the most votes.

F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks

Giannis is a bonafide star and is among the most versatile players in the NBA with how he can affect the game on both ends of the floor. Even without a three-point shot, he's completely unstoppable on offense.

F Joel Embiid, Sixers

Embiid is proving he can stay on the court (for the most part) and is putting up crazy numbers. Kristaps Porzingis and others got consideration for this spot, but Embiid edged them out with his rebounding.

RELATED: BROOKS FEELS GOOD ABOUT WALL AND BEAL'S ALL-STAR CHANCES

WESTERN CONFERENCE

G Russell Westbrook, Thunder

His scoring is down from last season, but Westbrook tops the NBA in assists per game and things are starting to click in Oklahoma City with him leading the way.

G James Harden, Rockets

The NBA's leading scorer, Harden is still putting up insane numbers despite co-existing with another star guard in Chris Paul. And the Rockets are really, really good.

F Kevin Durant, Warriors

The best player on the league's best team, Durant is currently fifth in points per game and tied for third in blocks. He is incredibly efficient and does so many things well.

F Anthony Davis, Pelicans

Davis continues to put up impressive numbers, but he's now more efficent than ever. The Pelicans are currently sixth in the West, too.

F Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

Towns has become almost underrated with all the attention placed on other young stars in the league, but he's as good as any of them. Big KAT has the T'Wolves on track to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

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2018 NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James, Steph Curry named captains; Wall and Beal miss cut for starters

2018 NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James, Steph Curry named captains; Wall and Beal miss cut for starters

The NBA announced the starters for next month's 2018 All-Star Game and once again LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was the top vote-getter.

Stephen Curry of the Warriors was second in votes, meaning he and James will serve as captains and pick teams for the Feb. 18 showcase.

Neither John Wall or Bradley Beal of the Wizards made the cut as starters, so they will have to hope to make it as reserves by NBA coaches. The full rosters are announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

For the starters, fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote with players and media each representing 25 percent. 

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Here are the starters from each conference. Keep in mind these groups will be split up once the captains pick their teams:

EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS

G Kyrie Irving, Celtics -- 2,170,833 fan votes (5th All-Star appearance)

G DeMar DeRozan, Raptors -- 998,999 fan votes (4th)

F LeBron James, Cavs -- 2,638,294 fan votes (14th)

F Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks -- 2,530,211 fan votes (2nd)

F Joel Embiid, Sixers -- 1,285,587 fan votes (1st)

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WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR STARTERS

G Stephen Curry, Warriors -- 2,379,494 fan votes (5th All-Star appearance)

G James Harden, Rockets -- 1,486,830 fan votes (6th)

F Kevin Durant, Warriors -- 2,238,406 fan votes (9th)

F Anthony Davis, Pelicans -- 1,088,230 fan votes (4th)

F DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans -- 922,269 fan votes (4th)

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