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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

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre and the Washington Wizards battle Andre Drummond, Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris 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 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...

Wizards are struggling

Life without John Wall has not been too kind to the Wizards so far. In three games since he had PRP treatment, the Wizards are 1-2 and the offense in particular is stumbling. Teams are keying in on Bradley Beal, who had only eight points on Tuesday night in Minnesota, and Otto Porter, who shot 3-for-14 on Wednesday night. Markieff Morris has averaged six points in his last three games and both he and Marcin Gortat have sat on the bench in the fourth quarter several times lately.

The good news is that the bench has been playing very well. Now it's time for Beal, Porter and the starters to step up and lead the way. It will be tough competing against a good Detroit team if they don't.

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Pistons look legitimate

No team has been more surprising so far this season than the Detroit Pistons. They are 14-6 after 20 games and sit second in the Eastern Conference. They have won three straight entering this matchup and already boast wins over the Warriors, Celtics, Bucks and Timberwolves.

Several Pistons players are having their best seasons. Forward Tobias Harris is averaging 19.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three. Avery Bradley is playing good defense and scoring 16.8 points per game. Reggie Jackson is putting up 15.8 points and 5.9 assists per game. Andre Drummond is dominating the middle with 14.3 points, 15.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks a night. Add it all up and they have the eighth-best offensive rating and the 11th-best defensive rating in the NBA.

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Last meeting

The Wizards already have a win over the Pistons on their resume this season. They beat them 115-111 back on Oct. 20 in the second game of the season. Having Wall that night certainly helped, but a big reason for the win was because the Wizards kept Drummond in check. They held him to nine points and 12 rebounds because he fouled out after 26 minutes.

They can't count on him fouling out that early again, but he did have trouble against them last year as well. In the 2016-17 season, Drummond was held to 8.7 points and 9.7 rebounds on 40 percent shooting in three games against the Wizards.

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Scott Brooks feels good about John Wall and Bradley Beal's All-Star chances

Scott Brooks feels good about John Wall and Bradley Beal's All-Star chances

Voting for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game's starters is now closed and though they have not fared well with fan ballots, the chances Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal are picked as reserves seem good.

The All-Star reserves are chosen by NBA head coaches and Wizards head coach Scott Brooks thinks the Wizards should have two representatives.

"They're definitely both having All-Star years," Brooks said. "I can't vote for either one, but they are definitely in my mind two of the best guards in the East."

Wall, 27, is averaging 19.9 points and leads the Eastern Conference with 9.3 assists per game. He also leads all NBA guards with 1.1 blocks per game.

Bradley Beal, 24, is seventh in the East with 23.7 points per game and third among Eastern Conference guards. He is averaging a career-high 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

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The 25-19 Wizards are currently in the playoff picture, which should help their cause for two All-Stars. But there is a lot of competition at the guard position.

Beal has done plenty to make the case he should be a first-time All-Star. He leads the Wizards in points and has played in every one of their games.

What could hold Wall back is that his numbers are down from last season and the fact he missed 11 games due to injury.

Brooks, though, thinks he should be in there and that it shouldn't be all that close.

"I think John is the best point guard in the East," he said.

Wall is certainly up there among the best point guards in the conference. His competition would be guys like Kyrie Iriving, Kyle Lowry and maybe Ben Simmons. Wall is a more versatile player than Irving and has better numbers than Lowry or Simmons.

The All-Star starters are announced on Jan. 18 and the full rosters will be revealed on Jan. 23. We'll see if Wall and Beal make the cut.

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

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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