John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Devin Booker, Josh Jackson and the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday 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. PHOENIX SUNS
Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 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...
The Wizards may be playing their last game without the services of Markieff Morris, who is on track to return Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. If they can get through this game with a win, a 5-2 record when Morris comes back sounds pretty good. That's more than they could ask for heading into the season.
One more win would also tie the Wizards for their best record through seven games since 1974-75 when they started the year 7-0. They have been 5-2 after seven games four times during that span. This would be just the third time since 1990.
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Another top rookie
The Wizards have already faced the No. 1 pick (Markelle Fultz), the No. 2 pick (Lonzo Ball) and the No. 5 pick (De'Aaron Fox) from this past June's NBA Draft. Now they will see the No. 4 pick in Josh Jackson, a high-flying small forward from the University of Kansas. Though the Suns have stumbled out of the gate at 2-4, Jackson offers them promise for the future with loads of potential on both ends of the floor.
Through six games, Jackson is averaging 10.7 points to go along with 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. Those are decent numbers, however, he has shot just 38.6 percent from the field despite connecting on 36.8 percent of his shots from three. He is definitely worth watching on the defensive end, though, with three multi-steal games in his last four outings.
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No Bledsoe, but lots of young talent
The Suns remain without point guard Eric Bledsoe, their highest-paid player and second leading scorer last season. Bledsoe is embroiled in an epic mess with the Suns' front office and is likely to be traded at some point. His absence leaves a big hole, but the Suns do have a nice young team.
Devin Booker is the main attraction. He's just 21 years old but has already established himself as a rising star in the NBA. Through seven games he's averaged 22.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. T.J. Warren is another recent first round pick. He's putting up 14.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game at the age of 24. Then, of course, there is Jackson who has star potential.