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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Andre Drummond, Avery Bradley and the Detroit Pistons on Friday 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. DETROIT PISTONS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m. with Wizards HangTime)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Smith may not play

The Wizards may be down not one but two power forwards, as Jason Smith sprained his right shoulder in Wednesday night's opener while filling in for Markieff Morris, who is already out rehabbing from sports hernia surgery. Losing Smith will put extra stress on head coach Scott Brooks, who is already trying to form rotations with a bench full of new faces.

If Smith can't go, which seems likely, the Wizards will start Kelly Oubre, Jr. at the three and push Otto Porter to the four. That lineup itself should have no serious drop-off from the one with Smith. But the domino effect will be interesting. Who plays the three in the second unit? Brooks will probably have to go small with three guards, stagger the minutes of his starters to compensate or turn to someone like Tomas Satoransky, Carrick Felix or Chris McCullough for some playing time after all three were DNPs in the opener.

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A familiar foe

Wizards fans rejoiced when the Celtics shipped Avery Bradley to the Pistons, knowing he would not be able to guard John Wall and Bradley Beal if the Wizards see Boston again in the playoffs this season. But he's still in the Eastern Conference and because of that will see the Wizards plenty. Bradley is flat-out one of the best defenders in the NBA and one of the only players who can give Wall fits. He's got the size to guard both Wall and Beal and is as tough as they come.

Bradley will provide a strong test for both Wall and Beal, who each appear to have improved this offseason based on the limited action we've seen so far. Wall is in better shape than he was last year and Beal's confidence handling the ball and running sets continues to grow. They are up for any challenge and Bradley certainly presents one.

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Harris and Drummond

The Wizards' frontcourt injuries won't make it any easier to stop what is one of the better big men combos in the Eastern Conference. Tobias Harris is a well-rounded power forward who can stretch the floor with a solid three-point shot. He puts up similar numbers to Morris, but blew up in the Pistons' first game on Wednesday against the Bobcats. Harris dropped 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting, including 4-of-7 from three, to go along with 10 rebounds and three assists. Last year he averaged 18.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in three games against Washington.

Drummond remains one of the best rebounders in basketball. He's a walking double-double, but did have a tough time against the Wizards last season. Washington held him to 8.7 points and 9.7 rebounds, modest for him, and he shot just 40 percent in three matchups. 

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Wizards continue dominance of Bucks with huge road win

Wizards continue dominance of Bucks with huge road win

The Washington Wizards beat the Milwaukee Bucks 99-88 on Monday night. Here's analysis of what went down...

Statement win: Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks still have a ways to go if they plan on catching up to the Washington Wizards.

In what has become a five-year trend, the Wizards continue to have Milwaukee's number. The Wizards have now won 15 of their last 20 meetings going back to 2012. There is no question the Bucks are one of the most talented young teams in the NBA, but John Wall and the Wizards have absolutely owned them.

Wall was able to return after missing Sunday's game and that was a big storyline, but Kelly Oubre, Jr. stole the show. He came through with 18 points in 22 minutes on 6-of-8 shooting. That included 10 points in the fourth quarter. He was 3-for-5 from three-point range.

All five Wizards starters reached double figures and the same was the case for the Bucks. Marcin Gortat (10 points, 15 rebounds) took advantage of the Bucks being the NBA's worst rebounding team. Otto Porter (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Bradley Beal (23 points) also came up big.

Antetokounmpo had 23 points, but shot just 38.1 percent from the field. The Wizards were playing the second game of a back-to-back, but it was the Bucks who looked sluggish.

Wall played: After missing Sunday's game against the Raptors with a swollen left knee, Wall returned to the Wizards lineup on Monday in time to face one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. Wall's presence certainly helped, though it didn't appear like he is fully back to 100 percent.

Wall didn't have the same burst we are used to, and he didn't shoot well, but he was productive. He finished with 15 points and six assists.

Wall looked to be more cautious than he was on Friday night against the Heat, when he was held back by the injury.

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Beal makes history: With his first three of the game in the third quarter, Beal made history as the youngest player ever to hit 700 threes in the NBA. Naturally, it was assisted by Wall.

Here's the play:

The list of players with the most three-pointers before their 25th birthday is a great one an dit includes another Wizards:

1. Gilbert Arenas: 24 years, 316 days (779)
2. J.R. Smith: 24 years, 149 days (777)
3. Kyrie Irving: 24 years, 364 days (701)
4. Kevin Durant: 24 years, 198 days (701)
5. Bradley Beal: 24 years, 145 days (700)

Some fireworks: Anytime these teams face each other these days, it's worth recalling how the Wizards didn't like Antetokounmpo staying in late in a game last December to chase his career-high. Though there were no major dustups in this one, there were two moments that suggested the Wizards do not care much for the Greek Freak.

This first one was instigated by Antetokounmpo. Early in the first quarter he drew a foul on Markieff Morris and then talked some trash. The play earned both players technical fouls:

Then, in the second quarter Beal caught Antetokounmpo with a chasedown block. Aftewards, Beal gave him a nice stare as he walked by:

A playoff series between these teams would be fun to watch.

Up next: The Wizards have a day off before heading to Charlotte to see the Hornets for the first time this season. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington Plus.

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Bradley Beal now officially the youngest to make 700 threes in NBA history

Bradley Beal now officially the youngest to make 700 threes in NBA history

Bradley Beal just needed one 3-pointer against the Bucks to make history.

That's because the Wizards' star shooting guard entered the Monday night game in Milwaukee with 699 career 3-point makes.

With his first make, Beal not only eclipsed the 700 3-point make plateau, but became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 700 3-point makes.

The St. Louis native's accomplishment on Monday night broke the record previously set by Cleveland's J.R. Smith, who accomplished the feat during the 2010-2011 season, his sixth season as an NBA pro.

Like Smith, Beal eclipsed the 700 3-point makes plateau in his sixth season, but Beal entered his sixth season having played in 25 less games than Smith. Beal however, entered his sixth season with 44 more 3-point makes than Smith did.

Only five players have reached the 700 made 3-pointers plateau before their 25th birthday.

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NBA 3-Point Leaders Before 25th Birthday
— Kyrie Irving (24 years, 364 days) 
— Gilbert Arenas (24 years, 316 days)
— Kevin Durant (24 years, 198 days) 
— J.R. Smith (24 years, 149 days) 
— Bradley Beal (24 years, 145 days) 

Beal entered the Monday contest having made 36 of his 97 3-point attempts this season, which sits at a career-low 37.1 percent from beyond the arc.

Only once — his rookie season — has Beal finished with a 3-point percentage under 38.6 percent.

Beal is on pace for 184 3-point makes this season, which would sit at second-best for his career, following his 223 3-pointers made last season.