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John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6 of their first round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs on Friday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

GAME 6: WASHINGTON WIZARDS at ATLANTA HAWKS

Series: Wizards lead 3-2
Where: Philips Arena
Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Chance to clinch

Game 5 was a close one, decided by just four points, and now the Wizards hold a chance to clinch a spot in the second round. They have two opportunities, technically, but would obviously prefer to get this over quickly and move on.

The Wizards haven't been able to win in Atlanta so far this series, as each team has held serve at home. Washington was much better in Game 4 than in Game 3 at Philips Arena, but now they face a team playing to keep their season alive. It won't be easy knocking them out. Atlanta played well when desperate once they went down 0-2 and will hope to catch the Wizards complacent now after taking a series lead.

 

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Can Porter keep it going?

Otto Porter emerged as a much-needed third scorer to help out John Wall and Bradley Beal in Wednesday's Game 5 win for the Wizards. Porter added 17 points and got them the hard way, needing career-highs in both free throw attempts (10) and makes (9). Porter took just four official shots on the night, as Porter made the Hawks pay for their physical approach to guarding him.

The question now is whether Porter can continue making an impact on the offensive end. Consistency has eluded him for months now, but he's hit double figures in two straight games. This is just the second time he's done that since March 18. If the Wizards can get Porter into a rhythm, particularly from three-point range, it will change their outlook dramatically.

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Frontcourt depth

Both of the Wizards' backup centers are now banged up with left calf strains. Ian Mahinmi has yet to play in the postseason and is likely to miss Game 6, as well. Head coach Scott Brooks said on Tuesday he doubts Mahinmi will be ready to go Friday night despite Mahinmi saying he plans to return by the end of the series. Mahinmi seems close, he just isn't quite ready yet.

Jason Smith is the other injured big man and as of Thursday morning he was considered a gametime decision. If the Wizards have to go without Smith, they will be in major trouble at the center position with both of their backups out of commission. That would leave Marcin Gortat to play a lot of minutes and hope to stay out of foul trouble. The same applies to Markieff Morris, who would have to play some at center in smallball lineups. It would not be ideal whatsoever and it could force Scott Brooks to turn to undrafted rookie Daniel Ochefu in an emergency scenario.

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