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How to watch Wizards vs. Jazz 'Predict the Game' broadcast

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How to watch Wizards vs. Jazz 'Predict the Game' broadcast

After a huge win against the Memphis Grizzlies behind Bradley Beal's career night, the Wizards close off their homestand at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. Additionally, on NBC Sports Washington Plus you'll be able to watch an interactive, alternate live-game experience, including a free-to-play predictive gaming contest with a $500 prize, along with real-time sports-betting data and statistics. 

If the Washington Wizards (30-40) want to make the playoffs, now is the time to start winning.

The Wizards are 3.5 games back of the 8th seeded Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference, and they have just 12 games left in the regular season. Washington has won six of their last 10 games, including three of their last four games -- which have all been at home. Monday's game hosting the Utah Jazz (40-29) are on a three-game win streak and sitting in 7th place in the Western Conference.

Whether Wizards star Bradley Beal will have another 40-point game in the tank will be interesting to see, as if the Wizards will be able to contain Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.

Wizards-Jazz takes place on Monday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Capital One Arena and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington and NBC Sports Washington Plus. 

PREDICT THE GAME HOW TO WATCH

What is this broadcast? Predict the Game is an easy-to-enter, free contest that allows fans to predict various game and player performance outcomes through a series of approximately 30 questions that will appear on screen during the alternate telecast on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Predict the Game leaderboards will be displayed at select times, and the winner of the contest will be revealed during NBC Sports Washington’s postgame coverage.

Where can I find it? Contest questions and leaderboards will be displayed on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

Additionally, the broadcast can be streamed on desktopiOS and Android devices. 

How do I win? Fans will earn points for correct predictions, with the top eligible scorer at the end of the game earning or splitting the $500 prize. 

Fans must enter Predict the Game, which is open to join throughout the entire game, and submit their predictions at www.nbcsportswashington.com/predict

WIZARDS vs. JAZZ HOW TO WATCH:

What: Washington Wizards vs. Utah Jazz
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Jazz game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder Link).
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Jazz on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. JAZZ TV SCHEDULE:

6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders
6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Jazz at Wizards
9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live 
10:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders

WIZARDS vs. JAZZ INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Wizards: John Wall (Out, Heel), Dwight Howard (Out, Back) J

Jazz: Thabo Sefolosha (Day-to-Day, Hamstring), Dante Exum (Day-to-Day, Knee)

WIZARDS vs. JAZZ PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Wizards, Bradley Beal: In his last two games, Beal has gone off for 40 points, and is averaging 31.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game since the All-Star break.

Wizards, Jabari Parker: In the month of March, Parker is averaging 17.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

Jazz, Donovan Mitchell: Mitchell leads the Jazz with 23.6 games per season, and he is also averaging 28 points per game in March.

Jazz, Rudy Gobert: The Jazz's second-leading scorer (15.4 points per game) is averaging a team-high 12.9 rebounds per game.

WIZARDS vs. JAZZ SERIES HISTORY: 

Number of all-time Meetings: 102 (no playoffs)
Regular Season Record: Jazz lead, 54-48 

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Don't dare ask Bradley Beal if he deserves All-NBA or suggest the Wizards won't make the playoffs

Don't dare ask Bradley Beal if he deserves All-NBA or suggest the Wizards won't make the playoffs

WASHINGTON -- Wizards owner Ted Leonsis relayed details of a conversation with soon-to-be two-time All-Star Bradley Beal shortly after the struggling Washington Wizards learned John Wall would miss the remainder of the season.

“Bradley Beal told me, ‘We got enough. We’re going to make the playoffs. We’re not going to let you down,’” Leonsis said in January.

Consider that position from Beal completely serious and one that remains despite the Wizards’ uphill climb with only 12 regular season games.

That’s just not the only reason Beal pleaded to the team owner for more time.

He wanted a reprieve from last season’s finish. He desired a chance to lead the Wizards.

Largely on the back of his stellar work over the last 35 games, the point at which Washington knew its cupboard wouldn’t be full the remainder of the regular season, Beal is delivering a campaign worthy of All-NBA status.

He scored 40 points in Saturday’s 135-128 win over the Memphis Grizzlies one night after dropping 40 against the Hornets.

"The way he's playing, the way he's improved, the way he's led, my very biased opinion he's all-NBA the way he's playing,” Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said.

There might be too many guards for the available six ballot slots, but it’s frankly preposterous to consider Beal unworthy. Seriously, don’t. Most of all, don’t you dare ask Beal directly if he’s a credible candidate.

“What do you think?” he shot back when a reporter posed that question after Saturday’s win.

There have been other times when Beal was asked effectively to justify his status among the league’s best, notably with the All-Star voting.

“I have to go through this again?” said the irritated guard.

Surrounded by the usual media horde inside the Wizards locker room, Beal passed on answering in words because his season-long performance made the response obvious.

There are numerous stats worth touting. Among them:

  • He leads the league in minutes played
  • Ranks third in scoring since the All-Star break with 31.2 points while shooting 50 percent from the field and 40 percent on 3-pointers.
  • He set a career-high with five 40-point games this season. That's the most by a Wizards player in a season since Gilbert Arenas in 2006-07
  • Saturday Beal set a career with nine 3-pointers on 12 attempts

Beal ended the media session using those in his vicinity as mouthpieces for the All-NBA question. 

“All in favor say aye.”

Those that spoke repeated as instructed two months after Leonsis and the Wizards’ front office heard Beal’s plea for a continuance.

Washington did trade away two key pieces in Otto Porter and Markieff Morris before the Feb. 7 trade deadline but didn’t tear down the roster to the foundation.

Maybe there isn’t enough overall talent to contend with the Eastern Conference heavyweights or even finish among the top eight. Sufficient help existed for Beal to push forward. Not for personal glory, but to lead the way, to see what is possible in that main man role.

Though Beal had that status for a chunk of last season when Wall missed 41 games with injuries, the point guard’s eventual return hovered over the scene. Beal and the team flourished for long stretches, but faded late, entering the playoffs as the eighth seed.

“[Brad] stepped up and delivered night in and night out, but it takes a lot to do that,” Brooks said Friday of Beal's 2017-18 work. “He wasn’t used to that. …You try to manage the physical part of it, but the mental part wears you down.”

Beal learned lessons from that experience. Despite the heavy workload, he remains stunningly productive.

Despite the personal growth, Beal’s focus remains team-oriented and win-centric.

After Friday’s 116-110 loss to Charlotte, he left the locker room before speaking with reporters and then woke up at 6 a.m. frustrated.

“I didn’t sleep well. I was mad all night,” Beal said. “Have been up all day just thinking the game from last night just thinking about how it important it was to get one tonight. No matter what it took.”

The obvious note is the starry stats. That’s not the key with Beal and this version of the Wizards. For the most part, they’ve remained competitive nightly despite the obvious rotation losses. Though 30-40 on the season, Washington is 17-18 over those last 35 games.

Beal’s focused team-first approach fuels the effort. He only took 17 field goal attempts for those 40 points Saturday. Beal wanted the win but knew this wasn’t just about his numbers.

“Every game matters at this point. I really wanted this game,” Beal said Saturday. “I just made sure I was locked in and led the team and the rest of the guys will follow.”

Despite Saturday’s win, the Wizards sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, three games back of the eighth-place Heat for the eighth and final playoff berth. Only 12 games remain in the regular season.

Should Washington fall short of the playoffs, only a certifiable loon or a basketball illiterate would lay blame with Beal. Then again, Beal likely puts the onus on himself if the goal isn’t reached. He keeps pushing for more from himself and teammates. That’s why he didn’t want Leonsis to sell.

 “We’re positive. I know I am,” Beal said Saturday of the team’s playoff hopes. “At the end of the day, I want to make the playoffs. I’m sure everybody else in here is to. We’re not out of it until the end of the year games. …We’re going to keep fighting and pushing because we’ve got a chance. It’s going to be tough… but I love the direction we’re headed in.”

There's a strong argument the Wizards are better off leaning into their current draft lottery status rather than aim for the playoffs. Just don't try selling that to Bradley Beal.

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Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal showed us the good and bad of fan interaction in the NBA

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Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal showed us the good and bad of fan interaction in the NBA

So apparently, some NBA fans need a little refresher on how to act at a game. 

Monday night, we saw two very different dynamics with the player/fan relationship in the NBA.

The good, was Bradley Beal taking over another fourth quarter against the Kings and celebrating with Wizards fans.

The bad, was Russell Westbrook again being baited into a confrontation with Jazz fans. 

If you have courtside seats, or are even in ear-shot of the players, let's try and remember what you should do, and not do at an NBA game.

DO: High fives when requested.

Clearly interacting with Beal after a big shot is the way to go. 

DON'T: Be that Jazz fan. 

Saying something that could in any way make you look like a racist moron or just a clueless adult that doesn't understand making things personal is over the line. 

According to Westbrook, the man told him to "get down on your knees like you're used to." Westbrook considered that comment to be "racial" and "inappropriate."

The fan, 45-year-old Shane Keisel, told ESPN that he didn't use profanity at Westbrook or say anything inappropriate.  He was seated in the third row on the baseline near the Thunder bench, and said that video you just saw was shot by a fan in the first row. Keisel said he sent the video to "friends that are in the social media business" because he wanted the exchange to be seen.

Of course he did. He got his platform and got to claim he was a victim. 

Which brings me to another thing to stay away from...

Don't: Touch Russell Westbrook, or any player 

Remember this shocked kid earlier in the season?

Look, it's obvious fans realize they can get a reaction from Westbrook, it's been happening Kevin Durant forever too. 

Far too many fans think because they can tweet someone they see on TV, that they can yell the same thing from the stands, and they'll get away with it. These are the same people that say if they were in the middle of a bank robbery they'd "take that gun right out of the guy's hands and stop the whole thing". They have muscles in their mind, but it's not the reality. 

We all know people like that. 

Talking trash is one thing, saying something that crosses the line, something you would never say to anyone's face if you met them at a bar, is the problem that continues to plague the NBA and fans need to stop being stupid. 

Even the NFL has had issues with this, like when Marcus Peters went into the stands to confront a fan at a Rams game this past season. 

The last thing we want is another Vernon Maxwell incident or Malice at the Palace

Yes, Westbrook can be overly bitter, just like plenty of other athletes. Yes, he's made himself a target for taunting from fans because of his consistent overreactions.

He also should not have said anything about the fan's wife.

But that doesn't mean fans don't have room in the trash talking department.

Here's another to add to the list:

DO: Tell a player he can't shoot or took the easy way to a title.

Those are well within the realm of "just ignore it" noise from fans. Sorry Durant, you signed with the Warriors, that comes with the decision.

Sorry Russell, your shot has failed you this season, fans are just giving you the facts. 

Saying something about someone's family, or race, or making it personal, is where we need to draw the line.

Sure, it's impossible to stop this completely. But the league needs to work more aggressively to take charge of these types of situations as they develop before they have a much bigger problem on their hands again.

Players also need to realize when you're on the road, the fans don't like you, and you need to be more selective with what you react to.