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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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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