John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle James Harden, Chris Paul, Clint Capela and the Houston Rockets 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. HOUSTON ROCKETS
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 will be up for this one
The Wizards have been inconsistent overall this season, but against the good teams they have been just fine. Those are the games they bring their best for and the Rockets are about as good as anyone in the NBA. They are second in the Western Conference and that's despite missing Chris Paul for much of this season. That's good news because the Wizards are 10-6 against teams with records at .500 or better, the best record in the East.
The Rockets feature one of the NBA's best players in James Harden. He is on the short-list of MVP candidates with averages of 32.5 points and 9.2 assists per game. Houston is exceptoinal on offense with the best offensive rating in the NBA and the highest scoring average (115.5 ppg). On defense, they are also very good with the seventh best defensive rating. The Rockets take and make more threes than anyone in the NBA and that will present an interesting contrast to the Wizards, who are first in opponents three-point percentage.
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The Rockets have several notable injuries at the moment. Superstar point guard Chris Paul has missed their last three games with a right abductor strain. Clint Capela, an emerging young big man, remains out with a right orbital fracture. And Luc Mbah a Moute, a good wing defender, is sidelined with a dislocated right shoulder.
Paul has a chance to play and he of course makes a major difference with averages of 17.1 points and 9.0 assists per game. But the Rockets are far from 100 percent while the Wizards are playing with a full deck right now.
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Morris is coming around
The Wizards have dealt with some frustrating times in recent weeks, but it appears that power forward Markieff Morris is getting closer and closer to midseason form. Just look at his numbers. Over his past 10 games, Morris is shooting 56.3 percent from the field and 45 percent from three. He is shooting 61 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from three in his last five outings.
Though Morris has been inconsistent as a scorer and rebounder, he has been relatively efficient overall this season. His three-point percentage is now up to 40 percent, good for third on the team. That's excellent for a power forward.
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