Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Jamal Crawford and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday 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. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Looking to bounce back
The Wizards are coming off their worst loss in months, a 27-point defeat at the Miami Heat. It was their first loss of 20 or more points since January. They have lost four of six overall and now have another tough matchup in the Timberwolves.
The Wizards beat Minnesota back on Nov. 28 in the first meeting between the teams. John Wall didn't play in that game and he won't be available for this one. It was Otto Porter (22 points) who led the way for the Wizards in the first game. Ian Mahinmi also did a terrific job defending Karl-Anthony Towns.
Both teams are down a star
Much like the Wizards with Wall, the Timberwolves are making do without one of their best players. All-Star Jimmy Butler remains out with a right meniscus injury and hasn't played in weeks. He is Minnesota's leading scorer and a guy who does a lot of things to help them win.
The Wolves have lost three of five since Butler went down as they continue to find ways to compensate for his loss. Nemajna Bjelica is expected to start at the three on Tuesday night in just his 11th start of the season. Without Butler, the focus turns to Towns (20.5 ppg) and Andrew Wiggins (17.9 ppg) to carry the scoring load.
Can Beal have better luck?
The Timberwolves lost to the Wizards in their first game, but they did a great job defending Bradley Beal. Butler was a big reason why, as he followed Beal all over the court. But it was also about double teams the Wolves threw at him because at the Wizards were still figuring out how to play with Wall out of the picture. They have been much better this time around with Tomas Satoransky posing a threat.
Beal had just eight points and shot 2-for-11 in the first game against Minnesota. Given how well he has played in recent weeks, it would be a surprise if the Wolves got him twice.
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